first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) – City leaders in Southport spending more money to investigate the actions of the police department.The Chief and second in command are no longer being paid by the city according to Mayor Jerry Dove. Now a new internal audit and inevitable invoices from the Sheriff’s Office will bring new costs to the city.- Advertisement – “We are working hard to put our police department back together,” said Mayor Jerry Dove.They’re definitely paying for it. We told you last week Southport is still paying their officers roughly $1,200 a day. Now the city is setting aside money, hiring Charlotte based auditor ISS to do an internal investigation of the police department.“I didn’t hear a single person mention how much that’s going to cost,” said resident Jason Robbins addressing the firm hiring in front of the board of alderman.Related Article: Businesses, residents brace for impending bridge closureThe city manager providing me those numbers.“Basically a $150 an hour it could cost up to $36,000,” said city manager Bruce Oakley. “We’re hoping that as they get here that it will be less than what they need to work into and that it’ll be a lot less, we hope.”Bruce Oakley adding that the firm will begin work by the beginning of next week.That’s when another cost issue arises for the city. In the two weeks since police Chief Gary Smith and LT. Michael Simmons were arrested, the county Sheriff’s Office has enforced the law in the city.“They can’t continue to do it for free,” said Oakley addressing the crowd at the community center.The city manager says the sheriff’s office will request $1,700 a day possibly as soon as Monday.“That’s over $50,000 a month if ISS takes 60 days,” said Robbins who went on to talk about the concerns of the city’s planned work at the Yacht marina.And that total does not include the continued costs of paying for police officers on non disciplinary leave. Oakley said all these costs, the firm and sheriff’s office, will be covered by reserve funds.“We’re saving some money right now on some salaries, we are down a few employees, so there is a lot of money in salaries right now that can off set,” said Oakley.last_img

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