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Pima County Sheriff vows to take care of experienced deputies

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Posted at 7:15 PM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 22:15:26-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier vowed to take care of the veteran deputies that the union says he had left out.

This happened at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors budget hearings.

KGUN9's investigation revealed Napier had focused on recruitment, rather than retainment to keep pension costs down. The union argued that move led to runaway attrition of veteran deputies.

Naper said during the hearings, "They have stuck with this county. I think it's time to step up and do the right thing for those folks. I will continue to do the right thing and manage the budget to make sure we have available funds to do this."

Sheriff Napier told the supervisors that he will not apologize for any of his budgetary decisions since taking office.

We'll continue to follow the developments.

For our in-depth investigation into staffing shortage at the Pima County Sheriff's Department, click here.