RENO, NV - "Sustained cuts will drastically affect my ability to perform some of the essential functions that I'm required to do by law," says Washoe Co. Sheriff Mike Haley.
After sustaining $21 million in budget cuts over the last 3 years, Hailey says his department can't afford to take on the additional proposed cuts by the Washoe County Commission.
"What I was being asked when I walked in the door was for another $3.9 million and that equals 46 positions which could affect my entire organization," says Haley.
Hailey says the Washoe Co. Sheriff's Office is now facing a budgetary tipping point.
"It's just a one way street, it's downhill. To repair that economically in the future is an enormous cost. crime rises, people aren't safe, business flee your city and county. We can't go there."
Hoping for a compromise, the county later decreased the proposed cuts to $2.4 million. That's a number that sits better with Haley.
"I really appreciate that recommendation. I appreciate the ability to manage the pool and I appreciate the difficult position that the board of county commissioners is in, but I also have a job to do," says Haley.