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Tehama County Sheriff's staffing shortage

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Tehama County Sheriff's staffing shortage

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

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Tehama County Sheriff's staffing shortage

The tehama county sheriff says he has a bad staffing shortage because of slashed budgets.

Action news now reporter spoke to him today about what that means for people who live there.

The tehama county sheriff says he has a bad staffing shortage because of slashed budgets.

Action news now reporter spoke to him today about what that means for the people.

Take pkg ll: the sheriff tells me he is particularly concerned about impacts budget cuts and understaffing will have on public safety.

It can be quite the juggling act.

Is how the tehama county sheriff describes managing his team of over a hundred&on a lean $16 million budget& i would say the last 3,4,5 years, we've been experiencing budget cuts, 5% reductions across every budget, line item.

Forcing some deputies to work double shifts and carry more case loads.

You're calling in people on their days off, they are tired& getting burned out, there's injuries& and the impact to that too is overtime, which impacts the general fund.

The problem isn't recruiting talent.

It's keeping it.

The sheriff says he's losing staff to other counties that offer better pay and benefits.

It's a real problem to lose existing officers.

A pain other county leaders feel&forced to dip into the county's emergency fund for the first time in fifteen years to address the growing deficit.

It's the result of five years of the county taking on new programs& from tackling illegal cannabis grows&to expanding the county jail in response to a-b 109, which diverts certain felons from the state to the county's care.

The county has also not seen much job growth.

We just cannot continue to cover those escalated costs.

The county, now hoping a 1 percent sales tax will help close the gap.

The measure, they say, would bring over 7 million dollars to the county.

It will be on the march 2020 ballot.

I can promise you we are going to keep doing the best we can so our public doesn't see an impact.

Law enforcement, rallying to meet a community's needs, as moneyã and patienceã starts to run thin.

Reporting from red bluff, stephanie lin, action news now coverage you can count on.

The sheriff's office says deputies were asked to take a 3 percent pay cut during recent contract negotiations.

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