Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kootenai County: Sheriff's Department Turnover Drains Cash, Time

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The Kootenai County sheriff says he's losing too many of his deputies due to lousy pay.

KREM-TV reports that the North Idaho department historically loses one or two deputies in the course of a year, but six deputies have quit since this past August. In fact, the latest departures have included deputies with several years of experience.

KREM-TV reports that it costs the department approximately $100,000 to train a new deputy, but that pales in comparison to the loss of institutional knowledge. The department says cases are taking longer to investigate because "new staffers are still uncertain how to go about their jobs," according to KREM.

"We're in a county where we have only so many resources and you can't go beyond that," Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Howard told KREM-TV.

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