From the desk of Supervisor Pete Rios regarding Sheriff Paul Babeu

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

I read with great interest the letter to the editor from Sheriff Paul Babeu.

As an elected official, he does have the right to place his staff where he feels they are needed most.  But I sincerely hope the Sheriff is not playing politics in trying to coerce the Supervisors into giving him more money in this next budget.

Sheriff Babeu has asked for more funding throughout the past two years.  One request was for $12 million.  That was simply impossible to fulfill.  We ended up agreeing on giving him a portion of what he asked for in early 2013.

I will be candid when I say one of the biggest priorities for this board is public safety.  Over 60 percent of our general fund goes towards public safety expenditures from the Sheriff to our constables.  Public safety is a concern for residents across the county, not in just one area.  The sheriff feels that San Tan Valley deserves more of a priority than other areas.  I disagree with this move.

Taxpayers have been quite vocal that they want to see accountability when it comes to our spending of their money.  I agree.  It is important that we manage our resources carefully and get the biggest bang for the buck.  That is why I am in favor of Supervisor Cheryl Chase’s suggestion that we go through the Sheriff’s budget line by line and see where the money is going and offer suggestions where he could get the more for your money.

The Sheriff has other avenues to pursue for additional revenue.  There are RICO and grant funding sources available to the department.  It would be prudent to look at these areas and see if the Sheriff can fund more of his needs through these monies.

I look forward to working with my fellow supervisors and the sheriff to see if we can find more efficient and effective ways way to help fund law enforcement throughout all of Pinal County.

Thank you,
Pete Rios
District 1 Supervisor
/S/

admin (7685 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • Additional Stories

    Celebrating a Year of Second Fridays!

    23 hours ago
    by

    This month marks a year of the Downtown Merchants and their partners celebrating the Second Friday event.  The event started […]


    Ray drama class, club to perform play this weekend

    23 hours ago
    by

      Are you ready to be a part of a mystery and to be kept in suspense while having a […]


    Lobos’ Cruz heads pair of All-State Teams

    24 hours ago
    by

      Hayden senior Brandon Cruz was one of three Lobos named to the AIA 1A Football All-Conference Team. The 5-foot-10, […]


    Safety concerns prompt SR 77 rock blasting work to move to daylight hours; daytime closures of SR 77 near Dripping Springs begin Dec. 12

    24 hours ago
    by

      The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin full daytime closures of State Route 77 between Winkelman and Globe on […]


  • Additional Stories

    As new members take their seats, 2017-18 Superior Town Council gets down to business

    December 2nd, 2016
    by

    Effort to streamline zoning ordinance and buying new Fire Department ambulance are top concerns The 2017-18 Superior Town Council took […]


    OMYA Arizona hosts Community Day at the Arboretum

    22 hours ago
    by

    Omya Arizona hosted a Superior Community Day on Dec. 3 at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Omya provided cookies and drinks […]


    Mayor’s Minute: Santa Needs Our Help

    22 hours ago
    by

    It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Superior.  Our public works crew was able to refurbish […]


    Annual Footprints Matter to Us Environmental Stewardship Event to be held in desert near Queen Valley, Superior

    22 hours ago
    by

      On Saturday, Jan. 21, join Footprints Matter to Us and Natural Restorations for the 8th Annual Footprints Matter to […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather