Sheriff Steve Strachan announced Friday that he will hire 14 more deputies in the coming months to increase public safety for King County residents.
According to a Sheriff's Office press release, the deputies will be added using current resources from his existing budget. Strachan cites good budget management by his patrol operations command staff and sergeants which have helped to keep overtime costs down. As a result, funds from current vacancies are being used for the new hires.
“The key to our reform agenda is to engage employees in a process of continual improvement,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I appreciate Sheriff Strachan and his staff – from patrol officers to command staff – for piloting a Lean project that cut the use of overtime, helped fill vacancies, and put more police on the street.”
“In the past we have had to maintain a large number of unfilled vacancies in order to save money for unforeseen events and to balance our budget,” said Strachan. “Because of the good work of our people at the front lines responsible for managing day to day budgets, we can fill some of those vacancies and put more cops on the street.”
The hiring plan is to add four deputies in September/October, five in November and five in January. “I commend our Sheriff for managing resources to hire these deputies and keeping public safety in our unincorporated neighborhoods as a priority,” said Councilmember Lambert, chair of the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee, and representative of one-third of King County’s unincorporated area residents. “These deputies will be deployed in the field, patrolling the large unincorporated areas and providing an increased presence of law enforcement that deters criminal activity in addition to responding to crime reports.”
Editor's Note: Information provided by the King County Sheriff's Office.