The 42 new recruits at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were met with a drill instructor barking orders on Tuesday.
A recent management study suggested the sheriff's office is severely understaffed.
Sheriff Zach Scott says overtime costs are rampant, but he says the new hires will only replace deputies who've retired or left the sheriff's office.
“When you have this class, they're just going to backfill the ones we've already lost. I'll still be needing another 175, another 176 people,” said Sheriff Zach Scott.
Franklin County Commissioners have argued the sheriff's office has an oversized budget and have called for administrative changes.
The recruits will spend ten weeks at the sheriff's training academy before beginning their service in the Franklin County jail.
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