05 January 2010
BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

Twelve deputies could be pulled from the streets under proposed state budget cuts, Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher said Monday.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s latest budget plan would slash $430,000, the equivalent of the total annual pay for about a dozen deputies, a year after the Sheriff’s Office cut spending by more than $200,000, Fisher said.

“I know what Kaine has proposed and it’s very bleak for us,” Fisher said. “I have nothing left to cut but salaries.”

The Sheriff’s Office currently employs one deputy for every 1,500 residents, Fisher said. If he eliminates a dozen deputies from the payroll, the ratio would change to one for every 2,000, similar to the numbers in the 1970s and 1980s, he said.


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