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Eagle County sheriff seeks grant for more deputies

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County, CO Colorado

Who Eagle County commissioners talked to: Sheriff Joe Hoy and Administrative Lieutenant Kim Andree.

What happened: A stimulus grant the sheriff’s office wants to apply for could end up costing the county money in three years.

The sheriff’s department has compiled a list of grants officials think the department qualifies for. Some of the grants include money for hiring new deputies. The grants are good for three years and the county would be responsible for paying the employees salaries and benefits after that.

In 2013, the county would need to budget about $450,000 to pay for the officer’s salaries and benefits, officials said.

“It’s well worth going after the dollars,” Commissioner Sara Fisher said. “On the flip side, if we get the dollars, it isn’t a given, we have to figure out the sustainability issue. It’s important that we can make sure we can support it for the long term.”

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Officials are also applying for grants that include money for thing other than staff, including a $250,000 sheriff substation planned for a field house being built in Edwards.

“Between now and 2013 we’ll be looking at a lot of different things,” Commissioner Jon Stavney said. “What’s the need, what’s the crime rate, what’s the population ” those things will start to become questions.”

What’s next? The Sheriff’s office is applying for several different grants. The commissioners will make the final decisions on whether to accept the money from any of the grants.

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