Sheriff's office to get fed money for five new deputies

The Merced Sheriff’s Office said it will get money for five new deputy positions.

Last week the agency was notified that it was slated to receive money for five new deputy positions from a federal grant. The money will pay for wages and benefits for five positions for three years. At the end of three years, the county will inherit the cost of the positions.

In a time when a lot of agencies are laying people off, it’s good to know that Merced County is in a position to acquire more deputies after two of the worst fiscal years our nation has seen in a long time., according to spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

The Merced Sheriff’s Office has 92 sworn full-time deputies for operations, specialty assignments and court security.