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Williamson County Leaders To Address Deputy Shortage

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
In Williamson County, officials are taking steps to fill the gap on what they're calling a deputy shortage with goals set to keep you safe and get more uniformed officers on the streets.

Right now, the Sheriff's Office says to meet the growing needs of the county, they need around a dozen more deputies on the streets. Shortfalls they believe could be due to the cost of what it takes to employ and pay them.

On Tuesday morning, Williamson County Commissioners will hear the research from an outside company hired for just under $100,000 last year, tasked with finding the most efficient, financially sound way to add these positions.

If you break it down by the numbers, Williamson County Sheriff's deputy salaries start at just under $42,000 per year, around 14% less than Round Rock police officers, 19% less than a Travis County Sheriff's deputy, and 32% less than an Austin police officer with a year's experience.

And while the Sheriff's department isn't offering specifics on how this shortage impacts patrols, they're confident they're still able to protect the nearly half a million people who call Williamson County home.Williamson County Leaders To Address Deputy Shortage


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