Monday, April 5, 2021

Commissioners Proclaim April Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse Prevention Month

The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Abuse Prevention Month at their weekly meeting Monday.

Cindy Smith, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s investigator who heads up the county’s Coordinated Community Response/Sexual Assault Response Team (CCR/SART), said the team couldn’t do its work without its community partners, which include the Sallisaw Police Department as well as law enforcement officers in Vian, Roland, Muldrow and Gore, the district attorney’s office, Help in Crisis, the Cherokee Nation and more.

“We are fortunate to have people step up to help with housing, clothing, gas,” or whatever assault victims may need. “We are blessed to have a lot of partnerships in the county. (Sheriff) Larry (Lane) has never, ever failed (to help).”

“We are all about the victims,” she said.

Smith urged people to come see the artwork of students who participated in “Hands Against Child Abuse,” which will be on display at the Sheriff’s Department.

The commissioners unanimously approved the proclamations, with District 3 Commissioner Jim Rogers adding, “We appreciate the tremendous service you provide for our community.”

In other business, the commissioners:

*Awarded a bid for the purchase of a paver for District 3

*Approved a temporary interlocal agreement between the county and City of Sallisaw for District 2. The agreement will recoup damages that occurred during a bridge project on a low-water crossing

*Approved the Sheriff’s Department’s purchase of two 2021 Dodge Durango SSV RWDs and one Chevrolet crew cab four-wheel drive truck

*Approved the transfer of funds from District 1’s maintenance and operations account to T8.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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