Sheriff David Clarke requests 157 new positions in 2015 budget

What’s this? Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke may finally be taking his job as a crime fighter seriously?!?!?

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is asking for 157 new positions in his 2015 budget, saying the additions are critical for safety and to reduce overtime costs, which he estimates will hit $6.5 million this year.

The Journal Sentinel report isn’t specific on how many of the 157 new positions Sheriff Clarke is seeking will be actual deputy positions vs. jailer positions, but I’m guessing the number will include more jailers than deputies, given how much cheaper it would be to hire jailers and then move the deputies currently working in the jail into other positions outside the jail.

Either way, it’s interesting to see Sheriff Clarke finally taking an interest in doing some actual law enforcement work – it’s just too bad it took him 12 years in office.


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