San Mateo County leaders on Tuesday are set to add 28 sheriff’s
deputies to its employment rolls — more than two dozen positions
required for the Sheriff’s Office to absorb the entire 39-member San
Carlos Police Department.
While the Board of Supervisors must still approve the contract with
the city of San Carlos, Sheriff Greg Munks is asking it to move ahead
with adopting its salary amendment so that a second reading can happen
prior to the anticipated Oct. 31 effective date. Two agreements
detailing services and transfer of personnel, equipment and facilities
will come before the board at a later date.
The Sheriff’s Office agreed to hire all existing full-time San
Carlos Police Department employees as part of its arrangement with the
city. Munks expects to fill 11 current vacancies in his department with
San Carlos employees and needs 28 added for the new slots. The
additions include one sheriff’s captain, five sergeants, 14 deputy
sheriffs, two full-time community service officers, four part-time
community service officer, one administrative secretary and one office
The $6.2 million cost of the salaries and benefits will be borne
by the city of San Carlos, freeing the county from any net county cost
and saving the city approximately $2 million a year.
On Sept. 2, the San Carlos City Council unanimously signed off
on the five-year contract with the Sheriff’s Office. The arrangement
protects the jobs for at least one year and offers most raises and the
possibility of mobility. Police Chief Greg Rothaus will likely remain
as a captain and bureau chief and programs like DARE and traffic
enhancement will be resurrected or enhanced.
The financially-challenged city began considering outsourcing
police, fire, parks maintenance and payroll late last year after voters
defeated a half-cent sales tax measure. The alternative was
across-the-board cuts that outsourcing proponents said would leave
public safety hobbled and still not completely fix a $3.5 million
The Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 in Board Chambers, 400 County Government Center, Redwood City.