Clark County Sheriffs Office seeks more funds

first_imgAs the Clark County council prepares to update its two-year budget, the sheriff’s office has submitted a wish list asking for funding for vehicles, armor, more employees and a study to replace its mothballed central precinct.“This is just a continuing conversation that we had for quite some time,” Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins told the council at a recent work session on the topic.Late last year, the council approved the county’s 2017-2018 budget that included $112.5 million for the sheriff’s office, up from the previous biennium’s $109.8 million. However, Darin Rouhier, finance manager for the sheriff’s office, said that the increase went to rising labor costs, which take up about 75 percent of its budget.As a result, Rouhier said, the sheriff’s office is effectively facing a $1.9 million cut. In response, he said the sheriff’s office had to eliminate five corrections deputy positions, reduce spending on inmate food and other expenditures.Later this month, the Clark County council will consider the 2017 spring supplemental budget. It’s basically an update to the county’s 2017-2018 budget that makes corrections and technical adjustments, accounts for grants and other funding and approves time-sensitive or critical requests from county departments.last_img

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