Beleaguered Polk County loses another deputy

The sheriff in Polk County said he will be forced to cut patrols in half due to a lack of funding, March 26, 2014. (KOIN)
The sheriff in Polk County said he will be forced to cut patrols in half due to a lack of funding, March 26, 2014. (KOIN)

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe has lost another patrol officer.

Wolfe cut patrol hours from 20 hours a day to 10 last month because of budget and staffing reductions.

Wolfe said Thursday that Deputy Casey Gibson has accepted a job with Monmouth Police. Gibson was hired on a temporary basis last year and his position was due to be eliminated June 30.

County voters last fall rejected a public safety levy that would have allowed Gibson to stay on.

Wolfe does hope to boost coverage to 20 hours on July 1. That’s when a county agreement with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde ends, and four deputies now assigned to Grand Ronde will return to country patrol.

But Wolfe says extended patrols won’t happen if another deputy finds employment elsewhere.

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