Huntington Teen Court Revival Nearly Ready for Gavel

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

Laura Gilliam, executive director of the United Way, has advised Huntington City Council’s Public Safety Committee that the city’s Teen Court will soon again move forward. The program for non-violent first time teen offenders had shut down due to lack of a coordinator.

“We have a couple of good candidates for coordinator,” Gilliam said. “ If that’s case, like to have them start with the money already set aside in account, We’d like to  more forward and be successful before asking  for additional funds,” she said referring to possible reinstatement of the $5 fee for Teen Court recently removed from citations since the Court was not operating.

Stressing “we don’t want to see it die,” Gilliam has instituted additional “oversight” through a compromise.

Instead of reporting results to council, they will be given to the Mayor’s office.

“He proposes, we dispose,” committee member Gary Bunn advised.

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