Sheriff’s Department Submits Budget, Minus Six Employees

MONTESANO, Wash. – Six staff members, that’s how Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Wheelan says his department plans to reach the requested budget cuts of %7 going into 2012. Wheelan said his hands were tied “%81 of what we do is wages and benefits, the rest of it is mostly automobiles, mileage, so when you talk about serious cuts, you talk about jobs.”
A budget submitted last week highlights a retirement in the Criminal Division, and not filling two Corrections Officer positions will remove three officers, both full-time cooks in the prison will be laid off, and Chief Civil Deputy Lynn O’Conner has announced her retirement. Wheelan said his department has lost a total of 14 employees since 1998.
One program that did survive the cut is the Resident Deputy Program. Wheelan said the program itself would only save about 33 thousand dollars, 1/10th of the amount requested by the County Commissioners.
Wheelan concluded by saying that the budget is now in the hands of the Grays Harbor County Commissioners.


News Director of Jodesha Broadcasting since October 2007. Dave Haviland moved to Grays Harbor in 1979 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993.