Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant announced new purchasing procedures after county commissioners approved an exception to the purchasing policy allowing a violation at the sheriff's department.

Now, instead of one employee handling all the department's purchasing, Bryant has spread the responsibilities among supervisors on his staff.

Additionally, each supervisor will undergo training with the county auditor to learn the county's proper policies and procedures. Bryant said the change will create a system of checks and balances among the department.

"We are now being proactive in accountability," Bryant said.

Bryant has also asked Janet Martin in the auditor's office to do a through inventory and audit his department.

"This is a good idea. We learned a lesson from this oversight and have taken action to address the issue and prevent it from happening again," Bryant said.