At last, someone in the county is looking into finding grant money for the drug task force. The county has been funding the task force to the tune of about $280,000 per year for the last four years. Commissioner Long was quoted as saying (and this is classic tongue-in-cheek):
“It’s the sheriff’s responsibility (to apply for the grants), but she’s been tied up with other things in recent years, and apparently hasn’t done it,” Long said.
You can read the whole article at the link above.
The drug task force does important work and with the national interest in opioid abuse, there should be increased funding at the national and state level. You can bet that some of it will find its way into agencies with grant funding in their mission statement. But you gotta ask for it. Since apparently nobody in the MCSO remembers how to do it, it makes sense to out-source the task. And in the future, perhaps the new sheriff won't be 'tied up with other things'.