King County Sheriff’s Office to hire 14 deputies

October 13, 2012

By Staff

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (center) joins Councilman Joe McDermott (from left), King County Executive Dow Constantine and Sheriff Steve Strachan for the hiring announcement Friday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2012

King County Sheriff Steve Strachan announced a plan Friday to hire 14 deputies in the months ahead by using dollars from the existing King County Sheriff’s Office budget.

The sheriff, joined by King County Executive Dow Constantine and King Council Council members Joe McDermott and Kathy Lambert, cited good budget management by patrol operations command staff and sergeants. The decisions kept overtime costs down and allowed the agency to hire 14 deputies.

“The key to our reform agenda is to engage employees in a process of continual improvement,” Constantine said in a statement. “I appreciate Sheriff Strachan and his staff — from patrol officers to command staff — for piloting a Lean project that cut the use of overtime, helped fill vacancies and put more police on the street.”

The hiring plan is to add four deputies for September and October, five in November and five in January.

“I commend our sheriff for managing resources to hire these deputies and keeping public safety in our unincorporated neighborhoods as a priority,” Lambert, Issaquah’s representative on the council, said in a statement. “These deputies will be deployed in the field, patrolling the large unincorporated areas and providing an increased presence of law enforcement that deters criminal activity in addition to responding to crime reports.”

Strachan is running for election against John Urquhart, a former sergeant and spokesman for the agency. The council appointed Strachan as sheriff after Sue Rahr stepped down in March.

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