Ralph Roark has been appointed to the Phelps County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board, the Phelps County Commissioners learned at their Thursday meeting.

Roark was appointed to the Phelps County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board by Phelps County Sheriff Rick Lisenbe. Roark replaced William Pat Botts, who was appointed in March 2015. Botts’ death in July 2018 left a vacant spot on the board.

The Phelps County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board is a five-member citizen board with two members appointed by the Phelps County Commission, two members appointed by the Phelps County Sheriff and one member appointed by the Phelps County Coroner, in accordance to Missouri Statute establishing county law enforcement restitution funds.

In Phelps County, the revenues into this fund approximate $85,000 annually, which is distributed to the Phelps County Prosecutor’s office, to the Phelps County Sheriff and to the Phelps County Coroner, according to Phelps County Clerk Pam Grow.

The funds that are collected are overseen and managed by the five-member board where Roark will join board members Steve Zap, Judy Jepsen, Stoney Byrne and Mike Singleton.

The Phelps County 2017 budget for Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Appropriation by object of Expenditures, shows the distribution of $55,000 to the Phelps County Prosecutor and $35,000 to the Phelps County Sheriff. The 2018 budget shows an approved distribution of $50,000 to the Phelps County Prosecutor’s office, $30,000 to the Phelps County Sheriff and $5,000 to the Phelps County Coroner. 

The board cannot include current or former elected officials, current or former employees of the sheriff’s department, prosecuting attorney’s office, the county commission office or the county treasurer’s office.