CHEHALIS – One week after requesting more information on a Lewis County Sheriff’s request for the county commissioners to finance more deputies, County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock offered a surprise motion at a meeting Monday to affirm Sheriff Rob Snaza’s long standing annual budget request.
Commissioners Sean Swope and Lee Grose agreed with their colleagues’ motion to move the Sheriff’s plan forward.
At issue was the hiring of two new road deputies. Their annual salaries are in the 60-thousand range, with added benefits, equipment, training and health costs impacting the budget to the tune of $432,494. Due to new state legislative police reforms, patrol deputies will be outfitted with body and car dash cams. At a cost not to exceed $68,000 annually, the county will hire a support technician to manage and secure all audio and video evidence.
Sheriff Snaza said the impromtu approval of his request “Tells you that the commissioners understand where we’re at at the Sheriff’s Office and the need to add more deputies to the road. To meet the needs of our communities we need more deputies on the road.” Sheriff Snaza added, “This is a step in the right direction. Last week there was a passionate discussion on both sides about the budget, and everyone wants to be very diligent with the monies we have.”
The county commissioners begin the process of confirming their 2022 budget at a public meeting that begins at 5:30 Tuesday afternoon in the commissioners’ meeting room inside the Historic Lewis County Courthouse in Chehalis.