EUREKA – 16 employees are sworn in and 3 are promoted within the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon.
The ceremony inducted 10 correctional deputies, one deputy sheriff, three dispatchers, one community services officer, one inmate programs coordinator, and also included three promotions to senior correctional deputy.
The Sheriff’s Office credits Measure Z, a half-cent sales tax that Humboldt voters approved in November 2014, for the funding to make the new hires possible.
“Measure Z has been vital to our success in the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff William Honsal, “We have about 38 staff now that are funded through Measure Z, and every time we get to hire someone it makes an impact. Whether it’s in the jail, or it’s support services, or we put a deputy sheriff on the street – we all have one collective goal, and that is to make Humboldt County safer.”
All of those sworn in were hired since August.
Coming up in November of 2018, Humboldt County voters can expect to be asked vote on another sales-tax increase to be used for similar purposes.