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County commissioner rails against Sheriff, says ‘A deputy is worth more than an SUV’

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A budget battle is brewing in Hamilton County Ohio. Sheriff Jim Neil and County Commissioners are arguing over how and where the law enforcement agency is able to spend its money.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the commissioners have frozen the Sheriff’s attempt to purchase two new patrol SUV’s as both sides argue over the Sheriff’s Office budget.

Sheriff Neil has to cut his budget by $5.5 million and said last week he will be forced to lay off at least 10 of his deputies.

The commissioners found the announcement and subsequent purchase of the vehicles surprising.

Because of the surprise, the commissioners have delayed the Sheriff’s Office purchase of two SUVs in order to try to save the deputies’ jobs.

The Sheriff’s Office is being forced to reduce its staff from 930 deputies to 800 to meet the new budget.

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