County officials approve extra staff for SLT jail |

County officials approve extra staff for SLT jail

Susan Wood

El Dorado County supervisors made a clean sweep of approvals Tuesday, including the nod to the request for extra staff necessary to expand the South Lake Tahoe jail.

Tahoe will get four correctional officers and a cook to handle the increased capacity.

“We’re pleased with the board action,” Undersheriff Jeff Neves said. “Jail staffing is a crucial shortfall.”

The Sheriff’s Department plans to add 56 beds to the El Dorado County jail. The increase will bring the total number to 182 beds, making the facility more self-sustaining.

Currently, frequent trips to the Placerville jail are required to house inmates. Some Tahoe prisoners are released from jail before their sentences are completed because of lack of capacity.

“We do need to double up to hold the prisoners. Too often they’re let out before serving their time,” Supervisor Dave Solaro said.

Other items approved by supervisors on the Sheriff’s Department wish list include the transfer of $38,200 in grant funds to buy emergency response team equipment and $50,000 to replace a patrol boat and trailer.

The board also decided to transfer funds to cover a negative cash balance in the South Lake Tahoe Transit Enterprise Fund, as suggested by the county transportation department.

It also opted to extend the animal control services with the city as well as develop public and private partnerships to prevent financial elder abuse, a growing problem in El Dorado County.

Efforts to recruit a new chief administrative officer were postponed until a board workshop slated for Oct. 23 in Placerville will outline how the county plans to replace interim CAO Tom Soike. The assistant CAO indicated he’d like to return to this position, as he is not interested in taking the county head job in a permanent role.

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