Johnson County sheriff asks for more funding amid staffing crunch

Johnson County Sheriff

Johnson County will reallocate 10 county workers to the sheriff's office temporarily, but Sheriff Calvin Hayden, above, says he needs more funds to hire more qualified deputies and fill persistent vacancies. File photo.

The Johnson County manager’s office will reallocate ten full-time employees to the Sheriff’s office for the rest of this year as a temporary measure to address staffing shortages.

Driving the news: County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson and county commissioners discussed ongoing staffing problems with Sheriff Calvin Hayden Thursday morning before signing off on a plan that would bring six retired officers, known as “blue coats,” and four civilians into the sheriff’s office to fill court security positions and corrections positions currently held by sworn deputies.