County considers more staff for jail |

County considers more staff for jail

Susan Wood

El Dorado County supervisors Tuesday will consider hiring extra staff as part of the expansion of the South Shore jail.

The Sheriff’s Department plans to add 56 beds, boosting total capacity to 182 beds and reducing the need for overflow transports to the main jail in Placerville. The sheriff’s proposed budget seeks four correctional officers and a cook for South Lake Tahoe.

“Once we get the approval, then we can start the construction,” said Undersheriff Jeff Neves. “We’re ready to move ahead.”

The only expansion work done so far has been on the alarm and surveillance system, Neves said. Adding a bed is as simple as welding a second bunk into place in an existing cell.

But it takes more officers to handle a bigger jail population. Supervisors also will consider providing funds for six more staffers for the Placerville jail, bringing the annual cost of the positions to $389,000. The Sheriff’s Department got $500,000 in new funding this year, the first installment of a 10-year aid package for rural law enforcement passed by the California Legislature.

County supervisors will also look into hiring a chief administrative officer, following interim CAO Tom Soike’s announcement last month he was not interested in the permanent position. The board will decide whether to ask an executive search firm to conduct the recruitment.

In other county business:

n The board may opt to apply for state funding in the amount of $38,200 to buy emergency response team equipment to deal with threats and incidents of domestic terrorism.

— The Sheriff’s Department is seeking acceptance of a $50,000 state grant to replace a patrol boat and trailer.

— Supervisors will hear a request from the District Attorney’s Office and Community Services Department to adopt a community partnership plan aimed at addressing elder financial abuse.

— The board may elect to continue an animal control agreement with the city of South Lake Tahoe.

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