By CNJ Staff
An advertising investment of around $800 resulted in more than $19,000 in criminal fine collections for Parmer County.
In September, the Parmer County Commission approved a pair of measures to try to recoup $122,200 owed in fines from convicted offenders in the county.
Parmer County Justice of the Peace Pamela Haseloff said advertisements were placed in a pair of local publications, each listing the name of the offender and the offense. Haseloff said the advertisement did not list how much money individuals owed.
The commission also approved hiring a collection agency. After 14 days, the offender receives a reminder. After 60 days, the collection agency takes over the account.
“With us being a clerkless court, we had to find other means to be able to get collections back,” Haseloff said. “It all relies on the judge, and it’s a lot of work.”
Haseloff said people who don’t pay fines can be subject to jail time and/or revocation of a driver’s license, but said, “We like to try to give them every possibility (to pay) before we go to that extreme.”