Trinity County Sheriff's Office cutting office hours
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - Though officials said it shouldn't affect activity in the field, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office is reducing office hours.
Those who need to file a report or speak with someone at the Trinity County Sheriff's Office may want to plan ahead.
The office is only open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Public Information Officer Jill Lynn said they only have one person working in the Records Division, and were ready to hire another. "We then got the budget committee's recommendation for this upcoming year, and they recommend that we don't fill the position," Lynn said.
She said because of short staffing for the past six months, there is a backlog of paperwork.
"We're having a difficult time meeting the local, state and federal deadlines," Lynn said.
That shortage is already being felt in the community.
Kimberly Jones said she recently lost her purse, which a good Samaritan turned in to the Sheriff's Office, but she still hasn't gotten it back since she works weekday morning hours.
"It's been over a week now, and with the hours being cut at the office, each time that I would go in daily to check to see if one of these officers realize maybe it's still in their vehicle or anything, no one's there," Jones said.
Lynn said she understands the frustrations, especially when this is usually their busiest time of year.
"We generally get a lot of people coming in as teachers or coaches that need to be live-scanned and that's just not something that we're able to do right now being so short staffed," Lynn said.
Lynn said they do not plan to fill the position until the budget is finalized.