— Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
Notice the collar Four stars. It means he’s the sheriff. In charge of this:
» 60 Corrections Officers
» 8 Deputy Sheriffs
» Clerical staff
» 1 full-time Substance Abuse Counselor (provided free by St. Joe’s)
» 2 full-time (I believe) Mental Health Counselors (contracted with Citizen Advocates)
» 1 Nurse Practitioner (I believe)
» 85 staff in all
» 127 beds for inmates
» separate accommodations for 20 to 35 female inmates (Sheriff Mulverhill instituted this)
» $6 million annual budget, where it costs $78/day to house an inmate: 1 inmate 1 year = $28,500, 127 inmates 1 day = ~ $10,000, 127 inmates 1 year = ~ $3.6 million
Controlling crime in Franklin County ain’t cheap. Six million just for the jail! Then add the cost of state police, village police (several villages), Homeland Security, judges, attorneys, support staff, probation staff, buildings, blah blah blah — yikes!
Kevin Mulverhill oversees a big slice of the county crime financial pie. He’s been doing it for the past 8 years. He’s asking us to elect him for another 4. Let’s take a close look at the issues, in no particular order of significance.
Franklin County is one of the poorest counties in the state. It didn’t used to be. I mean many years ago when towns like Malone and Chateaugay flourished. Back when dairy farming was profitable. When the county was home to numerous mills and manufacturing and there were railroads for cheap and quick transportation. Jobs were plentiful and decent.
Drugs. Booze. I’ve discussed the former at length in these pages. (See “Death by Drugs, Part I and II,” “Malone’s Jaw-Dropping Crime Statistics,” and “Why Charles Gardner Should be Malone’s Municipal Judge.”)
Family, church, elders, school. All four have lost much of their leadership and moral influence. This would be difficult to quantify, yet it is so. Also, having both parents working—our economy requires it, after all, if a family is to survive financially—means that neither mom nor dad is home for much of the