70 Sac County Sheriffs Deputies to Keep Jobs; 140 Others Won't

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

For well over an hour yesterday, deputies, their families and residents asked supervisors to find a way to avoid the layoffs.  Judy Johnson is the Neighborhood Watch director for Parkway Estates – that’s a neighborhood just south of Sacramento.
Johnson: “We do not have any authority to arrest anyone or shoot anybody.  So we’re dependent on law enforcement.  And when you cut into that, safety and protection of all residents are at risk.” 
Sheriff John McGinness has said if all 200 layoffs went through, he’d have to cut the number of deputies patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county in half.  So Supervisor Susan Peters asked McGinness if he would commit to putting whatever funds the county can find back into patrol.
McGinness: “I have no choice.  At this point, that’s where we’re severely strapped, is in patrol.  I give you my word that’s the first to be restored.”
Supervisors gave county officials two weeks to find $10 million to save the 70 deputies’ jobs.  Around 140 other deputies will lose their jobs August 1st.