Berka, quoted in the Saturday edition of The Gilmer Mirror, he abstained on voting on a matter related to the county jail’s food service contract because he believes the county’s contract with its jail food vendor provides for the county to get a 35.5 percent commission, and that he saw two tickets on which only 33 percent had been paid.
He said he forwarded the information to Sheriff Anthony Betterton.
“If he had paid close attention, he would have seen that the 35.5 percent is in a contract that has not been signed yet” and therefore is not in force yet, Betterton said. “Under the current contract, the jail is to receive 33 percent commission, as shown on the tickets.”
Betterton said that “it was another example of commissioners trying to run” things that are under the sheriff’s supervision.