Franklin Co. Sheriff: More Deputies are Needed
Updated: Tuesday, April 23 2013, 08:06 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Franklin County commissioners have approved the hiring of dozens of new deputies -- but Sheriff Zach Scott says the number isn't high enough.
Forty new deputies will soon be added to the ranks of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The new class will come at a cost of more than a million dollars.
The new deputies will fill some -- but not all -- of the office's 43 vacant positions.
“It’s going to be an on-going battle to get up to full staff,” Scott told ABC 6/FOX 28.
Compounding the problem, according to Scott, are upcoming retirements within the office that will further deplete its ranks.
“We’re still just playing catch-up,” Scott said. “Trying to fill vacancies of people who have left.”
Scott hopes to gain approval for the creation of 90 additional deputy positions after the current openings are filled. The sheriff plans to work with the county commission to expand his staff, a move he believes is necessary due to the area's growth.
“It’s a slow process and we’re all working together now," Scott said. "[We're} trying to achieve the object where we keep the deputies safe, the community safe, and protect taxpayer dollars.”
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