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Sheriff’s budget crunch brings an end to special assignments

POSTED June 27, 2009 4:49 p.m.
In a move meant to trim expenses and avoid deputy layoffs, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has ended several special assignments.
The sheriff’s department announced Friday that they will temporarily suspend the positions of the public information officer, the deputy director of the Stanislaus Police Activities League, one internal affairs investigator, and one gang task force agent.
The sheriff’s department was tasked earlier this year by the Board of Supervisors to reduce the operating expenses in the 2009-10 budget by $7 million.
“Our job in law enforcement is to protect the public. To do that I need to keep deputies working on the street and in the jails,” said Sheriff Adam Christianson. “We have to temporally suspend/reduce our levels of services we have provided for many years, moving these positions back to working the streets and the jail facilities. This decision was part of an overall budgetary plan to avoid potential layoffs of deputy sheriff’s.
“I appreciate the outstanding work by Deputy Royjindar Singh,” said Christianson. “His work with the media has been exemplary.”
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002

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