Deputy Don Hudgins took on a new role as Environmental Deputy in Logan County. Don patterned with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to secure more funding in order to prosecute offenders and cleanup dumpsites.
Hudgins, along with Sheriff Damon Devereaux and the Board of County Commissioners, were recognized for their efforts in helping the environment at the Environmental Excellence Celebration held on Nov. 30 inside the Edmond Conference Center.
Logan County came away with multiple awards, but the highlight award came when Hudgins was named the Best of the Environmental Best, which represents the top award for the entire state.
“It is such an honor to know this program I put together and networked with so many different folks to make this idea work,” Hudgins said. “I am so thankful that people who share my passion for making and keeping our state beautiful see meas their peer, see me as someone who is accomplishing goals in this worthwhile cause.”
In September 2015, the Board of County Commissioners approved the DEQ grant for$45,000 to help with salary and equipment needs. Hudgins spearheaded the project.
In the first nine months, Don has been responsible for the cleanup of over 26 tons of trash, 260 tires, and other chemicals that are harmful to the local environment.
Deputy Hudgins utilizes inmates by allowing them to work off their fines and be released from their obligations in less time. In addition, Hudgins monitors the frequent dumpsites with hidden cameras while patrolling the remote county roads.
Investigations have led to conviction over a dozen offenders with other cases still pending.
“The Logan County elected officials continue to work together to make our county shine,” District 1 County Commissioner Marven Goodman said.
“Please join me in thanking Deputy Don Hudgins and Sheriff Damon Devereaux for their critical efforts in keeping our county safe, clean and peaceful,” he added.
To help eliminate illegal dumping, each of the three county commissioners have installed dumpsters at each of their districts for citizens to legally dispose of their unwanted items.
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