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Budget Woes Won’t Stop Patrols

San Andreas, CA — Calaveras Sheriff Gary Kuntz swore in four new sheriff’s deputies who will be out on patrol soon. Despite budget issues, a newly approved preliminary budget approves four more deputy hires in the fiscal year that will start June 2013.

Deputies Jeff Podvin, Zach Glanville and Donald Kelling were sworn in during the month of May. Deputy Kyle Johnson was sworn in on June 4, 2013. All four deputies will complete a 2-week orientation followed by a 16-week field training program. Once field training has been completed the officers will be qualified as “solo” patrol deputies.

The current new hires come from money set aside from last year’s budget. According to Sgt. Chris Hewitt, the department is still searching for two more deputies to increase the force to 54 including the Sheriff. Four more deputy hires are tenatively planned and approved for next year.

As seen in the photos of the proposed budget slides, Calaveras County revenues are currently projected to hold steady but county expenses are projected to continue to outstrip revenues. A more detailed budget news story “Budget Talks In Calaveras” is here.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Press Release provides information about each of the four new officers:

Deputy Jeff Podvin is from the Modesto area. He attended the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center in Modesto.

Deputy Zach Glanville is from Calaveras County, where he has resided for 24 years. He graduated from the Santa Rosa Public Safety Training Center academy in August 2010. His prior law enforcement experience includes the California Highway Patrol where he was a member of the CHP Explorer program, and as a jail custodial deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Donald “Donny” Kelling is a life-long resident of Calaveras County. He graduated from the Modesto Ray Simon Criminal Justice Training Center in April 2009. Prior to coming to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office he worked four years as a corrections officer for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office jail.

Deputy Kyle Johnson is originally from Porterville, CA. Upon graduating from high school he joined the US Army National Guard, and served overseas in Iraq. In 2006 he attended the police academy, and after graduating began working for the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. Deputy Johnson has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.

Deputies Jeff Podvin, Zach Glanville and Donald Kelling were sworn in during the month of May. Deputy Kyle Johnson was sworn in on June 4, 2013. All four deputies will complete a 2-week orientation followed by a 16-week field training program. Once field training has been completed the officers will be qualified as “solo” patrol deputies.

The current new hires come from money set aside from last year’s budget. According to Sgt. Chris Hewitt, the department is still searching for two more deputies to increase the force to 54 including the Sheriff. Four more deputy hires are tenatively planned and approved for next year.

As seen in the photos of the proposed budget slides, Calaveras County revenues are currently projected to hold steady but county expenses are projected to continue to outstrip revenues. A more detailed budget news story “Budget Talks In Calaveras” is here.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Press Release provides information about each of the four new officers:

Deputy Jeff Podvin is from the Modesto area. He attended the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center in Modesto.

Deputy Zach Glanville is from Calaveras County, where he has resided for 24 years. He graduated from the Santa Rosa Public Safety Training Center academy in August 2010. His prior law enforcement experience includes the California Highway Patrol where he was a member of the CHP Explorer program, and as a jail custodial deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Donald “Donny” Kelling is a life-long resident of Calaveras County. He graduated from the Modesto Ray Simon Criminal Justice Training Center in April 2009. Prior to coming to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office he worked four years as a corrections officer for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office jail.

Deputy Kyle Johnson is originally from Porterville, CA. Upon graduating from high school he joined the US Army National Guard, and served overseas in Iraq. In 2006 he attended the police academy, and after graduating began working for the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. Deputy Johnson has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.


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