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Only sheriff deploys deputies

Recently, I received a question regarding the level of deputy sheriff staffing in Western Nevada County and the Board of Supervisors’ role in this important function.



Sheriff Royal has the constitutional authority to deploy deputy and financial resources to meet the needs of the community. He, not the Board, determines how and where the deputies are deployed. I personally think Sheriff Royal is doing a good job, given that Nevada County is consistently one of the safest communities in the state. Just recently, he reported that “Deputies’ policing efforts have contributed to a 34.6 percent county-wide reduction in crime.”




The Board’s primary role is funding and authorization of overall staffing levels. Since the 1999/2000 budget, the sheriff and jail operational budgets for western Nevada County have been increased 20 percent. This includes a staffing level of 70 sworn peace officers, of which 49 are deputy sheriffs. Currently, there are three unfilled deputy sheriff positions. Nevada County is fortunate that the sheriff was able to transfer many experienced deputies from Truckee assignment to duty in the west county area when Truckee set up their own police force.

I hope this clears up the primary roles of the sheriff and the Board in keeping Nevada County protected.

Barbara Green

chairwoman, Board of Supervisors

County of Nevada


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