Half of Alexander Co., IL sheriff's deputies laid off

Half of Alexander Co., IL sheriff's deputies laid off
Published: Oct. 1, 2015 at 6:38 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2015 at 9:02 PM CDT
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CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - Half of the sheriff's deputies in Alexander County have been laid off due to budget cuts.

Alexander County Sheriff Tim Brown says four deputies have been laid off. That leaves four deputies and the sheriff to patrol the county.

Alexander County Clerk Ellen Bigham confirmed some other job cuts in the county on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 1.

She said she doesn't how many, or if they were full-time or part-time jobs.

No word on how the budget issues affect the police department because Chief Bernard Brown said he is "busy."

On Monday, the Alexander County Board of Commissioners chairman, Chalen Tatum, said offices within the county had been given a decreased budget for the months of October and November.

Tatum said the adjusted budgets addressed employee salaries only.

All 911 calls for Alexander County currently go through Pulaski County. The calls will continue to go through Pulaski County, but dispatch will now have to call deputies on their cell phones.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Office can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (618) 734-2141.

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