Erath County commissioners met Monday to tackle a short agenda, which included the approval for the sheriff’s office to use reserve deputies — something the department has already been doing.

“It was brought to my attention that it wasn’t on record to have permission to do that,” said Sheriff Matt Coates.

A reserve deputy is someone who provides the department with additional law enforcement resources to better serve the citizens of Erath County.

“It can be assumed that permission was granted way back and gives the sheriff authority to use reserves. This is just some house cleaning,” said county auditor Janet Martin.

The request was approved to be shown on record.

“I know we’ve used reserves for a long time,” said Judge Tab Thompson.

Commissioners also approved an Appriss Service Agreement renewal, which is used by law enforcement.

“We do this every year and what that does is when we arrest someone for family violence, it notifies the victims when that person will be released,” Coates said.