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Sheriff Trenary’s Response to Executive Somers Proposed Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 23, 2016

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, 
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line:  425-249-6263

EVERETT, WASH. – Following Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers’ budget presentation today, Sheriff Ty Trenary sent this response to all Sheriff’s Office employees:

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers released his proposed budget today which includes s $2.4 million dollar cut to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.  Public safety and our responsibility to public service does not change, despite any reduction in our funding.  The fact that public safety was left out of the Executive’s four primary goals for 2017 is extremely disheartening!

Most recently, the Sheriff’s Office has been the subject of two independent studies which reported that we are understaffed and underfunded.  These reports clearly make the case for an increase in law enforcement resources in Snohomish County due to our increasing population, calls for service, and crime rates.  Our work is defined by the public we serve, not elected leaders.  Planning for growth requires a commitment to public safety.

As you know, this is just one step in the budget process.  I am hopeful that the County Council will choose to make public safety a top priority in next year’s budget as I believe it is one of government’s greatest responsibilities.

I remain committed to no layoffs, no matter what the final outcome in this budget process looks like.  I am working with Command Staff to find ways to absorb any budget cuts by trimming programs and services that do not directly impact citizen and employee safety.

Thank you for your continued hard work and commitment to our communities.  I am proud of the men and women of this agency and I will continue to advocate for the resources that we need to help keep Snohomish County safe.