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Dugger Deputy Town Marshal Resigns

Last updated on Monday, October 22, 2012

(DUGGER) - Dugger Deputy Town Marshal Doug Brown has resigned after two years on the job, citing the need to spend more time with his family.

Mark Stalcup of the Greene County Daily World reports that Town Council President Dwight Nielson says, the town's troubled finances may mean no replacement is hired. Neilson says a replacement will have to be trained at the Indiana State Police Academy and the town can't afford to do that.

Brown has given verbal notice, Nielson says, but has apparently not yet turned in a resignation which would then be approved by the town council. A decision on whether to hire a replacement could come by the Dugger Town Council's regular monthly meeting Nov. 6.

Brown, who worked nights, weekends and when the marshal was off-duty, was paid $5,000 annually to serve as a second to Dugger Town Marshal David Heaton, who's been on the job 16 years.

Due to budget constraints and trying financial times, the deputy marshal's salary was slated to be cut by $1,000 next year, reducing his annual pay to $4,000.

Should no replacement be hired, it's uncertain whether the money which would be paid to Brown will be transferred back to Heaton's salary, given cuts the lawman sustained in August as the town tightened its belt.

Heaton sustained a 15 percent pay cut, reducing his monthly salary by $352.
The marshal was paid $1,174 biweekly prior to the cuts.

Heaton also lost the town's contributions to his Public Employee Retirement Fund, as well as $1,000 which the town contributed annually to his Health Savings Plan and a $300 uniform allowance.

He was among the hardest hit by the cuts.

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