Mar 30, 2015 8:19 PM
The Butte County Sheriff's Office has beefed up patrol in Magalia and now has deputies on patrol 24-hours a day. The department had to change its scheduling to help with several vacancies. Sheriff Kory Honea now has deputies working 12-hour shifts, one result of that change is around-the-clock patrols in the Magalia area. Prior to February deputies were patrolling Magalia 20 hours a week.
"This is a positive of shift changes, but the bigger issue is we had to do that because of our staffing challenges." says Sheriff Kory Honea.
Honea says says his goal is to maintain 24/7 coverage in Magalia. He hopes when staffing improves he can reduce shifts back to 10 hours. Also, in an effort to help the staffing problems recently the Butte County Board of Supervisors agreed to a 5% raise for deputies who have at least one year of experience at the department.