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Staffing Shortage May Cause A Local State Of Emergency

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Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will consider declaring a local state of emergency tomorrow at its weekly board meeting because of the staffing crisis in the sheriff´s department.

Acting Sheriff Lee Sanford says he now has 23 vacancies and even if they were filled today, it would take up to a minimum of 10 months to have those individuals on the street fulfilling their duties on a fulltime basis.

Sanford adds he has a 15 percent vacancy rate for patrol deputies in addition to possibly seven or eight other positions because the Sheriff´s Department is required by law to supply county courtrooms with law enforcement personnel for security purposes.

Written by Bill Johnson