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Placer County law-enforcement hiring 22

Jail, deputy hirings smoothed by supes vote on allocations
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Placer County moved a step closer Tuesday to hiring 22 more law-enforcement system employees. The total includes 14 new correctional system employees, seven new deputies and a technology systems analyst. Janice Gage, Placer County Sheriff’s Office administrative services manager, told supervisors that the 14 new correctional positions will be working in the Placer County Jail and are being hired as part of anticipated impacts from Assembly Bill 109 realignment by the state. Seven hires will be funded by a federal Community Oriented Policing Services hiring grant the Sheriff’s Office will be using to assist in fighting illegal drug use. Gage said that one tech position already established with the county is being reallocated to create a project manager post to work on the county’s Apollo project. The Apollo project will allow peace officers and court employees to download updated court information as well as exchange information. The federal COPS grant pays for eight deputy salaries and benefits over the first three years of the program. The county will be responsible for costs in the fourth year. County Executive Officer Tom Miller said the county would be spending an estimated $157,000 in general fund money for the COPS-grant hires – plus an upfront, lump-sum retirement payment to cover post-retirement benefits such as medical insurance. Placer has been paying in $50,000 for each new hire. In other board business: - Miller was presented with a resolution of appreciation from the state Senate by Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville. A former Placer County supervisor, Gaines was on the board when Miller was chosen in 2005 as the new CEO. “It’s so critical to have a good CEO,” Gaines said. “I knew you’d do a good job and I commend you for your many years of service.” Gaines said he knew Miller would be careful with the county’s money when he bought a PT Cruiser convertible in the middle of the winter for $13,000. Miller received a standing ovation as he received the framed certificate. - Supervisors approved a round of increases for Sheriff’s Office employees under Measure F. Since being approved by voters in 1977, the measure has tied salaries for deputies to the average for comparative jobs in El Dorado, Nevada and Sacramento counties. A sergeant’s base pay at the top pay grade would increase 3.15 percent from $6,989 a month to $7,209. A captain’s pay will rise 0.58 percent from a maximum base rate of $10,289 to $10,349. - The board approved Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery’s request to attempt to retain Tahoe properties purchased and developed by the now-defunct Placer County Redevelopment Agency. The properties, mostly parking lots, were purchased with bonds and tax dollars totaling $10.8 million. - The meeting was adjourned by acting board chairman Jim Holmes in memory of Auburn Symphony maestro Michael Goodwin. Auburn’s symphony conductor since 1995, Goodwin was killed last week in a car crash. Goodwin touched many people through his love of music and ability to inspire others, Holmes said.