From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about finances at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
The viewer who called News 4 did not want his name used, but asked why the former Washoe County undersheriff is still on the county payroll?
Todd Vinger is the former Undersheriff. He retired last year after a 25-year career with the Sheriff's Office, due to health issues.
Vinger has his own consulting business, and one of his clients is the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said Vinger was hired to develop a proposal to consolidate regional dispatch services. Apparently, this plan is now on hold.
The Sheriff's Office Spokesman Bob Harmon said Vinger was picked for the job because of his expertise. Vinger is paid $72 dollars per hour for his services. The total contract will pay him a maximum of $48,000 for the year. That is in addition to his full retirement benefits that he already gets.
Since this falls under the category of professional services, the job did not have to be put out to bid.
Joe asked Harmon why they cannot use someone who is already on the payroll for this work. He replied that Vinger was chosen by Sheriff Mike Haley, because Vinger is the only one who really has the expertise in the area of budgeting and consolidation of services.