Saltillo prints names of those with unpaid fines

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – If you have an outstanding fine with the city of Saltillo, you can expect to see your name in the Daily Journal in the coming weeks.
The city’s board of aldermen voted at its first June meeting to allow the city to publish names of people with outstanding warrants.
“We’re just trying to collect the fines for the city,” said Saltillo Police Chief Steve Brooks. “We ran our first list (Tuesday) and had several calls and one person came in and paid the fine. We’ve had several who called and set up to come see the judge.”
The city has more than $400,000 in outstanding municipal court fines and aldermen hope running the legal ads bring in revenue.
Once a name has printed, Brooks said he hands that person’s warrant to his officers and they will begin trying to serve it.
“If they owe a fine, come in and see us, we’ll work with them,” Brooks said. “I don’t want to put anyone in jail but they need to take care of their fine with us. If they can’t pay it off, we can put them on a work program with the city to work it off.”
The policy is modeled after a successful program implemented last year by the West Point Police Department.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the city collected $213,510 in fines from September 2011 until June and has cut its active warrant list in more than half.
Saltillo will post about 33 names each week in the Daily Journal’s legal section. Also, there is a list of each person with an outstanding warrant on display at Saltillo City Hall.
The city’s next three publication dates are Tuesday, July 31 and Aug. 7.
jb.clark@journalinc.com