On Tuesday at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court, Sheriff Wallace Whittaker asked the magistrates to consider letting him keep a 17th deputy position, which has been a part of his budget as a technicality.
For the past several years, deputy Rob Bubacz has worked as the school resource office (SRO) at Logan County High School and was paid by the school system. He continued to work as a deputy as well, which left a spot open for Whittaker to hire a 17th deputy – even though he was only budgetted to have 16.
Recently, however, Bubacz was brought onto the Sheriff’s Department staff full time as a road deputy, filling a deputy position. Whittaker asked the magistrates to allow him to keep that open position on Tuesday.
“Technically there was an extra position, it was just being hidden in the budget,” said magistrate Jo Orange.
Judge executive Logan Chick clarified that the number of people working for Whittaker has remained constant.
“This really has not changed the number of people down there,” Chick said.
When the magistrates did not make any sort of a motion to allow Whittaker to keep the 17th deputy position open, he said, “If you all don’t want to, that’s fine with me. But there is not enough deputies out there as it is.”
Magistrate Barry Joe Wright questioned Whittaker about how often his office has a full complement of deputies employed.
“Are you ever at full capacity with the number of deputies you have?” Wright asked.
Whittaker responded that he always wants to have as many deputies employed as possible, but because
it is sometimes difficult to hire new deputies when others leave for new jobs, it usually isn’t the case.
The court took no action on the matter, making no motions one way or the other about the 17th deputy position.
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