MORRIS – After two years of negotiation the Grundy County Sheriff's Office and Teamsters Local 700 representing deputies and correctional officers received learned the findings of an abritrator, settling their contract dispute.
The dispute has left bitter feelings on both sides, however.
"Before it went to the arbitrator we didn't tentatively agree on anything," Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said. He said in the past when he's negotiated contracts, it gets boiled down to wages and benefits early on in the process. "They had a whole laundry list they wanted."
Callahan said through a press releasethe county was hurt by the arbitration and his staff deserves better representation.
Teamsters Local 700 has taken issue with one aspect of the contract that does not require two deputies on each prisoner transport.
“The citizens of Grundy County should be aware of the kind of risk that is being taken by sending one officer to transport these unpredictable inmates on a route that starts right in their backyard,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowsk in a press release and blog post on the Local's website.
Callahan said the number of deputies and correctional officers used on prisoner transport is determined on a case-by-case basis.