Chippewa County (WQOW) – The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department said the rise in meth-related cases has led to the need for more help. Tuesday, the county board agreed.
The board voted 12-3 to hire an extra deputy. The cost will be roughly $93,000 with salary and benefits and will come from the sheriff department’s budget.
Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said the drug epidemic has led to high call volumes and the extra deputy will help the county handle the caseload.
“All the crimes associated with the use and abuse of meth, obviously we need more personnel out on the streets doing what we can do to put an end to this epidemic,” Kowalczyk told News 18.
Kowalczyk said the positions will benefit not only the department, but also people affected by the crime in Chippewa County. The new deputy will start in 2019.