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County employees recognized for hard work and money savings projects

(Back row, left to right) Seq. County Undersheriff Charles House, Seq. County Sheriff Larry Lane,

Seq. County Commissioners Jim Rogers, Beau Burlison and Ray Watts

(Front row, left to right) Calvin Teehee, Bruce Ainsworth, and Tom Rogers

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office recognized three county workers on Monday during the Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners meeting that was held at the courthouse.

Bruce Ainesworth, Calvin Teehee, and Tom Rogers maintenance employees at the Sequoyah County Courthouse were recognized by Sequoyah County Undersheriff Charles House, Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane, and County Commissioners for their outstanding work and dedication to their jobs.

House stated, “These gentlemen may not be seen making big drug arrests or big money busts; however, they play a vital role in the daily operations at the courthouse, and we want to recognize them for what they do.”

In 2017, when Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane took over, the sheriff's department began looking over its budget for ways to save money.

“During our research, we found that maintenance expenses were pretty high due to the frequency with which deputy units required oil changes and routine maintenance," House said.

After digging deeper, Sheriff Lane and Undersheriff House began to transition all maintenance operations, such as oil changes, transmission replacements, and other repairs, to be completed in-house.

“The savings have been well over $200,000 a year, and that doesn’t even include the quick turnaround time on getting our deputies back running and on the road,” House added.

Teehee is the guy who gets dirty. He completes brake jobs, oil changes, mounts equipment, and replaces transmissions.

Rogers is the organizer. He deals with vendors, runs wiring, and completes all orders for supplies.

Ainesworth is the electronic guy. He's in charge of all computer programming and mapping, which are essential in new cars.

In the past year alone the trio have completed 176 oil changes and replaced seven transmissions on county vehicles.

In addition, the three men come in before hours on Tuesdays to provide lawn care, resolve electrical problems, plumbing issues, and gas leaks, and are on top of any type of heating and air problem.

In new business, there was discussion and approval to name the bridge over Sallisaw View to Carson Creek Bridge in Sequoyah County District #3 “Carson Bridge".

In addition, there was approval to appoint the Board of County Commissioners chairman as the requisitioning agent and 911 director David Slaughter as the receiving agent for the donated funds.

Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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