On everyone’s mind is our public safety. It is no secret that peace officers are in demand across the country, which in return fosters a highly competitive field in law enforcement.
This week we approved an adjustment to the 2022-2023 budget to make needed changes to support public safety and reallocate a portion of the County’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies.
The action came through a budget supplemental request from the Pierce County Executive’s Office, which council members then amended to make further changes before final approval. The reallocation moved $20 million in federal ARPA funds, including some that had not been previously committed to programs.
Through the ARPA reallocation, $10 million will go to the County’s general fund for revenue replacement. The remaining $10 million was divided between other needs, including a requested $4 million to offer recruitment and retention bonuses, and salary increases for our Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies. We are cognizant of future financial impacts from the pending labor contract with the Sheriff’s Department, whose employees are members of the county’s largest bargaining unit, as well the need to adjust to the impacts of rising inflation. Although the council approved the appropriation, the contract is still subject to approval by the bargaining unit.
The field of law enforcement may not be for everyone, but if you have a heart to serve and would like to learn more, please check out the Sheriff’s Department’s website
if you are considering a career in public service. There is always a need for reserves
as well as volunteers
The adopted ordinance now heads to the Executive for signature. Click here
to view Ordinance 2022-30 as passed.