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Treasurer’s office to get cameras

Lawrence County Commissioners approved spending almost $5,000 to put surveillance cameras in the county treasurer’s office following the second theft there in four years.

On Wednesday former deputy treasurer Mindy Joseph admitted to taking more than $2,200 from that office while she worked there. She had been charged with the crime in July.

In 2008 Rae-Lyn Robinson, also a treasurer’s office employee, took more than $25,000 in public funds while working in the office.

Two days after the investigation into the Joseph case was made public, County Treasurer Stephen Burcham asked the commission for security cameras, citing the fact his office handles more money than any other department in the courthouse. It takes in approximately $20 million a year in property tax.

The cameras are expected to cost approximately $4,600.

In other action at its Thursday meeting the commission:

• Accepted the bid of $19,000 by DXE Medical Inc. of Brentwood, Tenn., for seven LifePak 12 monitors for the county EMS;

• Accepted retirement notification of Velvet Harmon from the Department of Job and Family Services;

• Received a petition to establish a section of Elmwood Street in Union Township and referred it to the engineer.