Sheriff weighs hiring change

By Pat Caldwell
For the Enterprise

VALE – A new plan under consideration by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office may help the agency with the lingering problem of obtaining experienced deputies.

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe recently approached the County Court with the blueprint that calls for the agency to hire trained personnel at a higher pay rate without adding to its existing force structure. When a funded position becomes open, instead of bringing in a new recruit, Wolfe proposes to fill the slot with someone with prior experience.

“Basically what I was talking to the County Court about was bringing in laterals. In other words, people who have experience who are currently working with other agencies. Brining them in at a higher (pay) step rather than what a brand new deputy without any experience would come in at,” Wolfe said.

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