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Despite budget shortfall, EC Sheriff asks for more deputies to staff new jail

EAU CLAIRE - Eau Claire County leaders already face a $1.8 million dollar projected budget shortfall. Now, the Sheriff's Department is asking for 17 additional officers for the county's new jail.

The new hires would cost Eau Claire County an estimated million dollars. The county has been paying a half-million dollars each year to house its inmates in other jails.

Earlier the sheriff had asked for 22 new correctional officers, so the latest request is actually a step back.