The Muskingum County Sheriff's Department is taking steps to fight both crime and budget troubles. Sheriff Bob Stephenson is inviting community members to become Associate Members of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Stephenson says because of state and local budget troubles, this year's membership drive takes on greater importance. The minimum fee is $20. Stephenson says the mony is used for technical resources, training and legislative support for criminal justice issues. Muskingum County residents will recieve applications for the volunteer membership in the mail.