Vale sheds deputy to cut down on costs

The Malheur County Sheriff's office will assign two, rather than three, deputies to provide law enforcement services to Vale after budget constraints forced city leaders to trim costs. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Vale elected leaders are moving ahead on a plan to cut one of three sheriff’s deputies assigned to the city.

Katie Lamb, Vale city manager, said last week the Vale City Council directed her to amend the current law enforcement contract with the sheriff’s office to drop one deputy.

Going from three deputies to two will save the city about $100,000 a year, said Lamb.

Lamb said the decision to downsize wasn’t easy but budget constraints forced the city to make the move.

The city hired the sheriff’s office to provide police coverage 10 years . . .