ACSO upset with computer service

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is ready to pitch its recently purchased $109,000 computer system because it does not work, ACSO Major Billy Neely said.

Neely addressed the Adams County Board of Supervisors at their Monday meeting about the faulty system.

The current system was purchased in 2009 by former interim sheriff Angie Brown. The vendor, DCS, now employs Brown, Neely said.

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Neely said Brown formerly worked for DCS before she was interim sheriff, while she worked at the Natchez Police Department.

District 3 Supervisor Thomas “Boo” Campbell made a motion to terminate the contract with DCS, following the recommendation of the sheriff’s office.

“It looks to me that (the county) has right to move forward,” District 5 Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter said.

Neely said the sheriff’s office invested $109,000 for the initial cost of the system and another $13,000 for a service agreement in its 2009-2010 fiscal year budget.

Neely said he told representatives at DCS he did not think the county should pay for service fees since the problems were not fixed, and DCS representatives told him that the service costs would be three times as much if they waited to pay the fees.

Neely said the information from the old system has not been transferred to the new system to make them compatible, which DCS was supposed to resolve.

“(Brown) has promised and promised to get the program up and running and it’s still not,” Neely said.

Neely said the statistics of types and numbers of crimes the sheriff’s office has to turn into the federal government each month are currently being calculated by hand, when the computer system should be able to do it with the click of a button.

Those statistics are important when it comes to getting federal grants, Neely said.

Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said in November that his office was experiencing some problems with the computer system.

Board Attorney Bobby Cox said he sent a letter to DCS in November asking the company to comply with the sheriff office’s request to get the system fully functioning.

Neely said DCS has not corrected the problems since Cox gave DCS notice of the issues.

Neely said the sheriff’s office is already looking at other venders that will cost between $25,000 and $40,000 to install that will incur a fraction of the service fees DCS was charging.

Neely said the sheriff’s office would like a total reimbursement for the $109,000 system that did not work.

Cox said he was unsure if terminating the contract would result in litigation, but that it is standard practice to be able to terminate a contract if either side fails to perform.

In other news from Monday’s meeting:

4 Independent Oil and Coal Company, which has been in business in the Adams County since 1919, received was named business of the month by the board.