YORK CO., SC (WJZY) - York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant is fighting back after he said York County Council cut funding for deputy jobs from his budget.
Sheriff Bryant said he feels it's the wrong time to make these cuts.
According to Sheriff Bryant, there's a shortage of deputies at the York County Courthouse, and that's a problem the sheriff thought he'd figured out until the county council cut his budget.
"In the eleventh hour, of the last day before the third reading of the budget one of the councilmen decided he was going to put in some amendments, to amend the budget and took those positions completely out," Sheriff Bryant said.
Sheriff Bryant told FOX 46 Charlotte he needs 19 full-time deputies for courtroom security alone, right now there are only 12.
"We either have to bring an officer in and pay them time and half, or we are taking an officer off the street and then the other officers that are then left out on the streets have to double up on taking calls and answering problems and servicing the community," Sheriff Bryant said.
These officers are mandated by the law, while the sheriff isn't thrilled about the cuts, he said his biggest issue with them has to do with timing.
He is worried deputies are already stressed and stretched thin, and not having new openings will only push them to look for other jobs.
"Finding a police officer is very, very difficult. And people are shying away from this profession. They used to knock down our doors trying to get into law enforcement," Sheriff Bryant explained.
After Monday night's meeting with the county council didn't go quite the way Sheriff Bryant was hoping it would, he told FOX 46 Charlotte he now plans to take his concerns to the county manager to figure out what solution they can come up with to get the six promised positions back in the budget.
FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to all six York County Council members. Only one responded to our calls, but wasn't available to do an interview.