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Tehama County Sheriff's Office's staffing shortage

The sheriff says he is losing staff to other counties who have better pay and benefits.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 7:44 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 7:59 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office says it is understaffed and underfunded.

The county has been dealing with an ever-increasing deficit over the last five years, pulling roughly $1.5 million dollars from its emergency fund to address the shortfall this last year.

Those feeling the pinch are county workers, from admin staff to sheriff's deputies.

Sheriff Dave Hencratt said his office is having trouble keeping well-trained staff and he is losing team members to other counties that have bigger budgets and offer employee benefits.

The sheriff said his deputies are called in to work double shifts or to work on days they should normally be off.

He also said he has worked with the county to restructure his team, even cutting out more senior positions to spread the savings but it is getting to a point that he is concerned about being able to cover the public safety needs of the people in the county.

"Be unable to retain or fill positions affects our citizens and our citizens are who we represent," said Sheriff Hencatt. "Our people from every aspect in our department suck it up and do the best they can to carry the workload."

One solution the county is proposing is a 1% sales tax, something that will be on the March 2020 ballot.

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