Homeland Security Chief Still On Job, But Sees Pays Cut

By Jeff Neumeyer

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Allen County's Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier will keep his job, but he will be taking a pay cut.

However, not all questions surrounding the homeland security department were answered during an Allen County Council meeting Thursday.

Council approved a salary ordinance related to Beier's position, cutting his pay from $89,000 to $80,000 annually.

Beier is responsible for monitoring and dealing with hazardous situations such as fires, floods, or even terrorist threats.

The city of Fort Wayne announced earlier this year it was the county's full duty to fund the homeland security position.

There was some discussion about the county eliminating the job, and turning the responsibilities over to other county personnel.

That didn’t happen.

"The message has got to council that it's an important function, and it's a function the community can't ignore. But we have to do it within the constraints of the budget," said Beier.

But some cuts in the local homeland security department may be ordered in the future.

“The commissioners indicate that there'll be some cost savings through some eliminations of some sort down the road. But that's way too vague for me," said Paul Moss, a county councilman at-large, who voted against salvaging the position through the pay cut.

The salary change was approved in a 5 to 2 vote.

We'll have to wait and see if homeland security undergoes more re-shaping over the coming weeks and months.

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