With mounting fuel costs and overtime expenses, one Wiregrass law enforcement agency is about to change the way it does business.
Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton says his department will begin a four-day work week starting on Tuesday, July 1st. However, office and clerical personnel will maintain their normal five day schedule.
The change will mean that a deputy's shift will go from eight to 10 hours.
Officials hope to reduce calling out personnel during their off-time. In addition, the new shift may reduce gas expenses.
"Early morning hours, say 2 to 6 in the morning, we would have to call someone in who may be off; that would present overtime issues. But, it's better than the eight-hour shifts we are now on. Overtime got totally out of hand," Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said.
On any given shift, there are three deputies patrolling some 700 square miles of Coffee County.