Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sheriff recovers from surgery
By SUE WATSON
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson is home from surgery for the removal of his gallbladder and to correct other gastrointestinal problems. The surgery was performed Thursday.
Dickerson said he has been conducting some business for his department over the telephone and will continue to do so until he is released to go back to work.
“I am proud of the way my team is handling business at the sheriff’s department while I am convalescing from surgery,” Dickerson said Monday. “Every employee at the sheriff’s department gave 110 percent effort in my absence. We have always worked as a team and I appreciate all the employees at the sheriff’s office and jail keeping everything running smoothly. They are doing a good job.”
He said he expects to be back at the office some by mid- to late week and his department is getting ready for court next week.
“We are presently making preparations for court and will have arraignments for those picked up on warrants for indictments two weeks ago,” he said.
His gallbladder removal followed several days to a week in which he thought he had a stomach virus.
Dickerson said he has received many calls from friends since his operation.
“I appreciate all the calls that have come in since I had the surgery,” he said.
“I will be staying in out of the heat for a while until some of the soreness goes away from my areas of incisions,” he said. “My doctor said after I recover I will likely feel better than before I had the surgery.”
The jail continues to be overcrowded at 15-30 percent over capacity, he said.
“We will address this at the board of supervisors’ meeting,” Dickerson said. “It is time to do something; we have to have some space. Everybody’s got space problems, not just us. But we’ve got to move on it now or be forced to in order to meet federal regulations.”
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