CCSO deputies, SLED agent trip to Oklahoma cost more than $9k

Published: Sep. 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - It cost Charleston County taxpayers more than $9,000 to send two deputies and a State Law Enforcement Division agent to Oklahoma to assist in court house hearings in the Baby Veronica adoption case.

Live 5 News filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office to get the cost of the trip to Oklahoma.

The sheriff's office sent Inspector Rita Zellinsky, Sgt. John Nice and SLED agent Marion Baker to Oklahoma. The trio left Charleston on Aug. 29 and returned nine days later on Sept. 7.

The breakdown of expenses are as follows:

Airline tickets - $2,578

Baggage check - $75

Hotel - $2,742.14

Meals - $861.24

Rental car and gas - $1458.28

Airport parking (Charleston International) - $150

Incidentals - $58.48

While in Oklahoma, the three racked up $1,036.08 in overtime and $395 in holiday pay on Labor Day. The total cost of the trip for taxpayers is $9,355.96

The sheriff's office says Inspector Zelinksy is assigned to the Office of Professional Standards and Sgt. Nice is assigned to the training division. We are told the department was not short handed while the two deputies were in Oklahoma.

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