Sheriff returns $2.1 million to Garfield County |

Sheriff returns $2.1 million to Garfield County

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario this week announced he is returning more than $2.1 million to the county’s general fund.

The money, according to the sheriff’s office, amounts to approximately 12 percent of his $17.4 million annual operating budget for 2010.

The savings came in the form of using in-house trainers as opposed to sending deputies to outside training facilities, “fine-tuning” purchase arrangements for inmate meals at the county jail, and doing the same for the purchase of new equipment, the sheriff’s office explained in a press release.

Vallario noted that he was able to avoid layoffs or furloughs to keep his departmental costs down, and that his department heads relied on flex-scheduling “to keep overtime hours at a minimum” and leaving some positions vacant.

Speaking to the board of county commissioners on March 1, Vallario said, “We know we’re getting into economically tough times due to the ongoing national economic slump.”

“We want to … help solve the problem and not be part of the problem,” he concluded.

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