LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - On Thursday, January 12, 2012 the Lake County Sheriff's Office was forced to eliminate five Deputy Sheriff positions due to cuts in the 2012 Road Patrol budget.
Four Deputy Sheriffs' were notified Thursday that their last day of service will be January 28, 2012. The fifth Deputy was not laid-off due to the retirement of Capt. Lonnie Sparkman.
These lay-offs bring the total number of full-time employees laid-off or not replaced to fifty-five since 2009. During this same period, the number of Deputies on patrol has been reduced from 36 down to 17. Of those 17 remaining Patrol Deputies, seven are paid for between Concord and Painesville Township.
Not including the Central Communications Division, the number of full-time employees at the Lake County Sheriff's Office which stood at 189 employees in 2009, now has been reduced to 134 full-time employees.
In short, 29% of its staff has been laid-off or not replaced in the past two years. In addition to these full-time employees, an additional 13 part-time employees have been laid-off due to reductions in the funding of the Sheriff's Office budget by the Commissioners' Office.