Sheriff Weber: “More Correctional Officers Needed”

Just as he had notified the board of supervisors 3 weeks ago, Sheriff Stacy Weber came to the board Tuesday with a request for more correctional officers at the county jail. Weber stated that under his watch people who commit crimes go to jail and as a result the jail has seen its population balloon to 106 inmates as of November 1st.

The board asked Stacy if he has any idea for where to get the funds to hire 4 correctional officers at an estimated total cost of roughly 228 thousand dollars to which Weber said at this time he is not exactly sure. Matt Pflug suggested using Fund 10 mental health dollars if it is allowed by the state while Rick Larkin questioned whether fees paid by inmates can be funneled into the sheriff’s budget to pay for new officers. Gary Folluo stated that he would like to see correctional officers be hired as a priority over new patrol officers. The board and Sheriff Weber agreed to table to the hiring of new correctional officers for one week to investigate where budget dollars can be found to pay for the new staff.