Riverside County Sheriff, DA vow to deal with budget woes without workforce reductions

Sheriff Chad Bianco leads a raid on illegal cannabis grows in Anza April 20, 2019, confiscating “tons of illegal marijuana.” Valley News/Courtesy photo
PAUL J. YOUNG City News Service RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco and District Attorney Mike Hestrin said today their respective agencies will be able to function despite austerity measures intended to contain tens of millions of dollars in red ink, and there are no plans to implement layoffs. "The worst-case scenario is we'll have to attrite down, but I think we'll be fine,'' Bianco told the Board of Supervisors during the first hearing on the proposed 2020-21 fiscal year budget. "The current budget recommendation is not catastrophic for our department.'' The Executive Office is seeking across-the-board cuts from all agencies to contend with budget shortfalls stemming from public health shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. CEO George Johnson said the cou
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