Pa. sheriff, commissioners blame each for shades

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania sheriff’s deputy and the county’s commissioners are blaming one another that 14 deputies were each allowed to by $112 Oakley sunglasses with their $450 uniform allowances.

Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas says Sheriff Jonathan Held should be “ashamed of himself.” But Held says the commissioners voted to approve clothing and other items that deputies can purchase with their allowance. The expensive shades were added to the list this year and Held says maybe the commissioners “voted on something they didn’t read.”

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/11zc0Wy ) reports the commissioners voted to remove the Oakley sunglasses from the uniform list, but deputies can still purchase up to two pair of Wiley sunglasses, which cost $65 each.

Kopas says, “You can make an argument that sheriff deputies need protective eyewear.”

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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