Sheriff’s ‘trash’ deputy investigates illegal dumping

New interagency contract OK’d between Canadian County, DEQ

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A new interagency contract has been approved for Canadian County’s “trash” deputy.

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office has an environmental deputy whose duties are to investigate illegal dumping sites with the goal to identify those responsible.

Partial funding for this position comes from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which runs the program.

“Our funding has been less in the last two years, but we were able to get it up to $25,000 to help provide for that deputy and the enforcement program,” Canadian County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Grimes said. “This has been a very beneficial and productive program for us.”

Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting, approved the interagency contract with Oklahoma DEQ for fiscal year 2022.

“DEQ gives us partial funding to provide a deputy,” Grimes explained. “They do this across the State of Oklahoma in different counties.

“The funding comes to us. We have a deputy assigned to environmental enforcement who regularly goes on these (illegal dumping) calls, investigates them and follows up on them.”

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ODDS AND ENDS

In other business at its Sept. 20th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • An agreement with the Oklahoma House and Senate redistricting offices for redistricting technical support with data provided from the 2020 U.S. Census (see story in upcoming edition).
  • A petition to annex territory to the Green Valley Rural Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Management District.
  • An interlocal agreement between Canadian County District 2 and the City of El Reno for road surface improvements on West Jensen Road from Country Club to Chiles Road. The chip seal project should be finished next spring. The City of El Reno will reimburse District 2 for the cost of materials.

Undersheriff Kevin Ward gave the weekly county jail report, with 263 inmates in custody – 222 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 41 in other counties.

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