Santa Rosa County deputies can take a sigh of relief knowing their jobs are safe from budget-driven layoffs next fiscal year.
With COVID-19 resulting in a thinner county budget, Sheriff Bob Johnson was told in June his budget would be limited to its 2020 level, about $51 million. That was about $3 million short of his request, which included a 5.3% increase to insurance costs, new patrol cars and deputy raises.
After initial math, Johnson told the Navarre Press he would be looking at potentially laying off the office’s newest hires to make ends meet.
But during a budget hearing with county commissioners July 14, Chief Shane Tucker said the sheriff’s office will be adding a new position, converting an IT worker contracted through Landrum Staffing to a full-time county employee.
Read the full article in the July 23 issue of Navarre Press.