Without state aid, he wrote in a letter to Riley, his office “cannot provide the level of public safety that residents of Jefferson County deserve and expect.”
“If state funding of deputies’ salaries is not an option, then I must call upon you to activate the National Guard,” the letter to Riley said.
The sheriff said the budget cut likely will force him to begin laying off deputies in early September. Deputies providing security at the county courthouse, where the commission’s offices are located, will be among those to go, he said. Lt. Randy Christian, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said as many as 188 deputies and 300 civilians out of more than 700 employees may be laid off. That would leave just enough workers to staff the county’s two jails.