TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - Tehama County Sheriff’s Office continues to lose staff to areas that are offering more competitive pay.
On Tuesday, the sheriff's office said it lost five employees over the last two weeks. Three employees accepted positions with the Red Bluff Police Department and two deputies who were in training resigned.
Katelyn Harris, a Los Molinos resident, said she counts on the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.
"When it starts to get late at night, instead of going to the store, I would rather stay at home because there is the potential for trouble to be going on and no eyes to see it," Harris said. "I like to know that someone is there in case someone needs it."
Harris said she sees deputies driving around but worries as they continue to lose staff to other jobs.
"That could slow response time to some of the other calls based on the staff," said Dave Kain, Captain at Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
Last week, the office was short 24 deputies and this week they are short of 31 deputies.
Kain said they are bringing the failed recruitment policies in front of the Board of Supervisors.
"Ask them to give some specific positions raises, but that only remedies one particular position within the agency, it doesn't remedy the totality of the circumstances," Kain said.
Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved a 15% raise for dispatchers.
Bill Goodwin, Chief Administrator for County of Tehama, said he hopes people will consider doing a community-driven sales tax initiative as a solution for the problem.
Kain said over the last eight years the sheriff’s office has returned money to the county due to vacancies.
The sheriff’s office hopes to get some of that money back for current staff and for future recruits.
"I just like as a community we are kept safe and we can keep growing together," Harris said.