Administration – Major Wallace Kitchings
It is the responsibility of the Administration Division to perform the many tasks that keep the daily routines of the Sheriff’s Office functioning efficiently and effectively. The Administration Division has several departments within the Division that are necessary in order to maintain a fluent and seamless operational work flow within the organization. These departments include Finance, Human Resources, Purchasing, Supply and Computer Systems Administration.
As with any organization reporting is a major function, and the Sheriff’s Office is no different. The Sheriff’s Office produces reports and documents associated with each department within the Division. Payroll must be handled every two weeks, accounts must be balanced and monies tracked. Human Resources keeps track of qualifications of new applicants and training requirements of current appointees. The Grants Coordinator compiles data for grant application submission and renewal. The Purchasing and Supply section ensures that all necessary and needed equipment is available. The Computer Systems Administrator maintains the computers for the agency and assists in evaluation of new technology, along with maintaining the agency website.
Finance – Kim Nichola, Director
Mission Statement Finance Division:
The Finance Division’s major areas of responsibility include budget management, payroll, purchasing, assets, and financial reporting. Our mission:
- To manage and maintain financial records in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and in compliance with State and Federal laws.
- To develop and maintain effective and efficient financial planning, reporting and central support systems in order to support the operating divisions in achieving their program objectives.
- To provide the Sheriff and Board of County Commission with financial information on a timely and meaningful basis.
- To provide quality service to the residents of Columbia County by being good stewards of public funds while ensuring cost effective public safety services.
Human Resources – Cathy Davis, Director
Mission Statement Human Resources:
Serving as a strategic part of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the mission of the Human Resources Division is to provide quality human resource services to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse workforce within a supportive work environment.
Information Technology – Wayne Craig, Director
The Sheriff’s Office enjoys the benefits of many of today’s cutting edge technologies in order to more effectively perform its function of law enforcement. A glimpse of some of these technologies include the following:
- SmartMCT Mobile Computer Terminals (MCTs)
- SmartJail Database Management System
- SmartCAD Computer Aided Dispatch System
- SmartRMS Records Management System
- SmartAdmin Systems Administration System
- SmartWeb Web Application Services
Additionally the directorate provides technological support in furtherance of the Sheriff’s Office mission. Information technology support includes the following:
- Provide help and support to Sheriff’s Office staff
- Maintenance of Sheriff’s Office information systems
- Coordination of new application implementation
- Research new technologies
- Configuration and deployment of desktop and server systems
The Property and Evidence Section is responsible for securely storing all evidence obtained during criminal investigations from the Sheriff’s Office. All of these items must be stored until the criminal case is disposed of in the court system. That time frame may be from a couple of days to several years later, depending on the type of crime committed.
If you have been notified to pick up an item that is being held by the Sheriff’s Office, please make arrangements with the Evidence Custodian by calling (386) 758-1385. Items may be picked-up between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday.
Vehicles that have been seized by the Sheriff’s Office are processed thru our attorney. If you are given a Notice of Seizure by the arresting officer, contact the CCSO Legal Affairs Coordinator at 719-7541 or the Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant at 758-1104.
If you have been contacted referencing a vehicle that was being held for investigative reasons and is ready to be returned by the Sheriff’s Office attorney to the registered owner contact our Crime Scene Investigator at 758-1314 prior to attempting to recover your vehicle.
The Records Section provides centralized storage and retrieval for all incident and offense reports generated by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, the Records Section personnel direct all incoming switchboard calls to their proper location, respond to public record requests, and maintain the Uniform Crime Reporting information for the state and national crime statistics.
The Records Section customer service window is operational 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Local Criminal History Check (also called “Background Checks”) – Listing of all Columbia County arrests. Case disposition information is available through the Columbia County Clerk of Courts
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