by Diane Tuazon
ODESSA - Lately, the Ector County Sheriff's Department has been dealing with a staff shortage and Sheriff Mark Donaldson says it has a lot to do with the growing population.
"Since I've been here, we haven't added any people to patrol area to work streets and the population grew plus calls for service have increased to 5,000," Donaldson said.
That's why Donaldson met with County Commissioners to discuss adding eight more deputies to the team, but County Commissioners felt that would cost too much money, so instead they gave him another solution.
"We had a meeting this morning and they approved it with four new deputies," Donaldson said.
Donaldson says he's confident that in time, they'll find the right people to fill those positions.
"Law enforcement job pay is not much but the benefits are and we should be able to get applicants and get some hired," Donaldson said.
The Sheriff's Department won't be able to hire any new employees until their fiscal year starts in October.