- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Tuscaloosa County sheriff has begun using civilians to serve subpoenas.

Sheriff Ron Abernathy says he’s hired two civilians - both former jail workers - to deliver orders to appear in court and other legal documents to residents. He says the move will save money and free deputies to focus on law enforcement.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (bit.ly/1QnRwcO) the sheriff’s office served more than 14,000 legal documents last year.

Abernathy says he eliminated one deputy position to make room for the two civilian workers - whose combined pay is about $110,000.

The two civilians work full-time delivering legal documents to the public.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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