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Departments Ask Sacramento Supervisors to Prevent Layoffs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 11, 2012

The Sacramento County Sheriff and District Attorney say more layoffs are likely if the county doesn't help fill their budget deficits.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says 109 non-benefited, on-call officers will be laid off if the county does not fund their positions.      

Jones says a large part of his $10 million deficit is the result of pay raises due the members of Deputy Sheriffs Association.

JONES: "They have about 6 percent this year. They have a similar amount next year, that we're gonna to have to face, which is about $12 million.  We also have fleet increase with the cost of 2 million bucks, we have pension obligation increases, we have the difference between outfitting our IMPACT unit, that was funded by the COPS grant.  They funded at a certain level.  That difference is a million dollars."

District Attorney Jan Scully says her deficit is about $2 million.  She's lost 91 positions since 2009.  She may have to lay off another eight.  

SCULLY: "I'm hoping the board can close the 2.1 so that we, although challenged, that we can continue to at least provide the level of service that we currently are."

Scully has already said many misdemeanors won't be charged because she doesn't have the staff. 

The County Probation department has a deficit of nearly $4 million. The department laid off 43 juvenile hall employees last year.  Department Chief, Don Meyer says 17 employees could be demoted this year to save money.   

MEYER: "We still don't have a commitment facility anywhere locally when we used to have three.  We're down just to Juvenile Hall."

The State of California pays the counties for supervision of released state prisoners.  That amount is in the state budget, which has yet to be passed by the legislature or signed by the governor. The funds affect the budgets of local D.A., probation, and law enforcement departments.

Supervisors are expected to pass a preliminary budget late this week, evaluate the state's allocation of funds in July, and then pass a final budget in September. 
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