CATEGORY: Lafayette County
DEADLINE TODAY TO FILE FOR LAFAYETTE COUNTY DEPUTY
By Cynthia M. Jeffries
OXFORD – The deadline to file an application to become a Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department deputy is today.
The sheriff’s department has five openings, thanks to the county’s board of supervisors. In December, the board approved a request from Sheriff F.D. “Buddy” East to increase his budget to hire more deputies. The department will grow by more than 50 percent, going from nine full-time deputies to 14, with one additional person working part time.
“I plan to put them to work immediately,” East said.
This will be the first staff increase since 1993. In the last few years, deputies were added to replace outgoing deputies.
The department started accepting applications for the new positions Dec. 26.
So far, more than 30 people have filled out applications for one of the $18,000-a-year positions. East said he hopes to have all five positions filled by Feb. 1.
“This is really going to help us,” East said. “I really do thank the Board of Supervisors for this. Our crime rate is increasing.”
East said crime is on the rise in Lafayette County as it is in other parts of the state and the nation. Between 1988 and 1993, crime rose 25 percent in the state. The amount of increase in Lafayette County was not available.
There are more than 37,000 people in Lafayette County, which takes in more than 650 square miles.