- The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department feels it can’t afford to lose a drug investigator position.
Grant funding runs out for the specific role on December 31st. The grant helps the department backfill positions.
Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich will continue to staff the drug investigator position because it’s so important to the department.
"We can't not have this investigator," Tomlanovich said.
"Drug abuse, particularly prescription abuse, is such a problem in this county, it's a statewide problem, a national problem. Regardless of budget cuts or whatever problems we may face, we have to confront this problem."
The position is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Tribal Concerns Committee wanted to make it a permanent position but the County Board voted against it.
"There have been so many cuts in law enforcement subsidies and grants on the Federal level that it's becoming increasingly more difficult to fund these types of positions," Tomlanovich said.
Keeping this drug investigator position puts the department down one patrol deputy.
Story By: Matt Doyle