Firearms Ordinance Passed by Pulaski County Council

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Council this week discussed an ordinance that pertains to allowing sheriff’s deputies to be issued a firearm, retired ID card and retired badge after serving honorably for a minimum of 20 years.

In this case, Paul Grandstaff retired in December after serving over 20 years with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, including two terms as sheriff, and he has requested the retention of his shotgun that he first received when arriving on staff at the department.

The ordinance states that the commissioners may transfer county property valued at $1,000 or less without advertising. Sheriff Jeff Richwine believes it’s appropriate to allow an officer who is retiring in good standing to retain their firearms as recognition of service to the county. The officer or sheriff must have served honorably for a minimum of 20 years.

The council members thought they had previously approved the ordinance prior to this meeting, but passed the ordinance with a unanimous vote. The county commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance during their meeting last week.