District Judge Steve Bristow and District Attorney Dee Peavy presented a proposition to the city commissioners on forming a new Bond Supervision Officer position.
Bristow said the officer would work within the jurisdiction of the 90th Judicial District, which covers Young County and Stephens County.
Bristow said for some crimes, bonds are set on offenders and the state of Texas drops the responsibility of keeping up with the offenders on the probation departments.
“This is not fair to the members of the probation departments because they have enough on their plates already,” Bristow said.
Bristow said the Bond Supervision Officer would report directly to him and make sure the offenders are operating within their bond limitations.
The judge also added that not every person will fall under the strict bond limitations, such as minor misdemeanors and other statutes.
The primary concern, Bristow said, is to have sex offenders or murderers who have those high bond limitations on watch, and this is where the Bond Supervision Officer would come in.
Bristow said funds have already been rolling in from the entities who would like to see the position created.
Bristow said the city of Graham has committed $24,500, Young County and Stephens County have each committed $10,000 and the city of Olney tossed in $5,000 toward the creation of the position.
City Commissioners unanimously pledged $10,000 toward the operation, bringing the total to $59,500.
Bristow said he would continue to check into the position and keep the commissioners abreast on its progress.
Bristow said the position will follow the statutes as an employee of the city of Graham, but will be available to everyone when the need arises.
When asked about other counties and communities who have employed this type of position, Bristow said Parker County has two employees who work within the Bond Supervision position.
Currently, the case load in bond misrepresentation is skewed toward Young County but Stephens County also has a few offenders who would be in need of supervision from the officer.
“We just need to help keep all the extra work off the probation departments,” Bristow reiterated.
In other business, Commissioners unanimously voted for temporary closure of State Highway 180 for the homecoming parade, which is set for Thursday, Sept. 25.
Commissioners approved the second and final reading on the city's water rate increase, which will go into action starting Monday, Sept. 1.