- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Constables will be removed from arrest warrant duties starting next June in one central Pennsylvania county, and deputy sheriffs will take over the role.

Lancaster Online reports (https://bit.ly/1N81b5E ) a Lancaster County judge made the change Wednesday, saying it will cut costs and improve service.

The order ends a system where about 100 elected and appointed constables served warrants on a per warrant basis. Some earned over $100,000 annually.

President Judge Dennis Reinaker says constables didn’t cooperate with efforts to boost oversight of warrant service.

Six deputies will be hired. The county expects to save hundreds of thousands of dollars because constable compensation costs about $1.6 million.

The move comes amid reports of constable abuses in a number of Pennsylvania communities, including a suburban Allentown constable charged with shooting a man over unpaid parking tickets.

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