In Jan. 2013, the department dealt with severe budget cuts, causing the Sheriff to cover the day and night shifts seven days a week with four deputies per shift. However, according to the department, because of pass days, sick time, vacation days, and a bigger workload from the courts, the shifts are often times covered with two deputies, or sometimes only one. The Sheriff says that it is a safety issue for department personnel.
The Sheriff’s Department worked out schedules with Michigan State Police (MSP) for 24 hour coverage. The Sheriff’s Department will cover patrols 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week, and MSP will patrol 5 p.m. – 7 a.m.