Pierce County Council approves retention bonuses for deputies

The department is looking to avoid new vacancies as it works to fill 50 positions.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash — In an effort to maintain staffing levels, Pierce County Council voted to approve $4 million to help retain and recruit deputies. 

The department said the money will fund a $10,000 retention bonus for current deputies.

Currently the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is working to fill 50 full-time vacancies. 

“We’ve been losing deputies to other agencies and the more people that we lose, the less service we can provide,” said Pierce County Sergeant Darren Moss. 

Moss said the open positions forced the

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