In February, we told you how sheriff departments across south-central Kentucky were facing the worst shortages they’ve seen in years and it continues to be a problem in Simpson County.
The 2004 financial settlement from the Simpson County’s Sheriff’s Department shows a deficit of more than $76,000.
The sheriff’s department has already laid off one deputy and now they may have to let another one go.
“It’s going to be bad, going to be serious for us to get patrol units out.”
Simpson County Sheriff Gene Starks says these are tough times for the department.
He says a lot of the grants the department is used to receiving aren’t there anymore due to state budget cuts. Then in February, Simpson County Fiscal Court voted to cut the budget by $13,000 leaving the sheriff’s department no choice but to lay off a deputy. Now, another deputy could be laid off as early as May.
Starks says while the meth epidemic was on the forefront he also had to hire more employees to work at the new justice center and the cost to train and pay those employees took a big chunk of their budget.