Asotin County Sheriff’s Office faces major cuts in 2014

Asotin County Sheriff’s Office faces major cuts in 2014 »Play Video
The sheriff's office is looking at a significant cut next year of $65,000.
ASOTIN, WA - The Asotin County Commission approved a budget for 2014 that includes significant cuts to the sheriff's office and a new addition to the team of public defenders.

While the figures are somewhat tentative as union contracts haven't been included yet, but right now commissioners are dealing with roughly $26 million for next year. The Asotin County Sheriff's Office is looking at a significant cut next year of $65,000.

Chief Financial Officer, Chris Kemp said the board decided on these cuts based on overtime spending for this year.

"There was requests made by the board to decrease the overtime line due to overspending in 2013," said Kemp.

Commissioners also said they added a third public defense attorney to stay in line with state requirements. Each of the three public defenders are making roughly $74,000 for the cases they take on next year.