At least for two years, Marion County will have a victim advocate.

Luke Bryant, county prosecuting attorney, was present at Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting to inform the commissioners he had applies for a received a grant to hire a person to be a victim advocate.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners approved allowing Sheriff Jimmy Shinn to make a part-time employee full-time and approved the hiring a janitor/maintenance worker.

According to Bryant, the Victim of Crimes grant was one of only five federal grants approved, and the $86,425.42 will pay for an individual for two years, including salary, benefits, travel and training.

After those two years, Bryant said he can reapply for the grant.

“This is a major step forward for my office,” said Bryant, noting having a dedicated victim advocate will help with the work load.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.