Coffee County Sheriff’s Office Goes to Four-day Work Week in July

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.

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  • by Saving gas on Jun 30, 2008 at 03:50 AM
    Maybe all the Deputies could all stay at Headquarters and just answerer calls for Help,Now that would really save those gas dollars. That would provide someone to be on duty maybe not on patrol but on duty ready to spring into action with short notice. By the way the Sheriffs Department or any government agency does not pay the same rate for gas as the citizens do. It has something to do with Tax.
  • by anon Location: Coffee County on Jun 28, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    Gas must not be a problem for the Coffee County S.O. Three deputies live outside of the county and drive their county cars back and forth, and the Chief Deputy took his county car to Panama City Beach last Saturday for a family get together. with current gas prices, this a a good job if you can get it.
  • by Karen Location: Coffee County on Jun 27, 2008 at 08:08 PM
    Read the article again, it does not say no one will be patroling. With the deputies working 10 hr shifts they will not have to call in someone who is off. Read the whole article before you jump to conclusions. I for one appreciate the SO trying to get a grip on this gas situation. Thanks Dave Sutton
  • by Can't Sleep Now on Jun 27, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    Does this mean that from 2a/m to 6a/m there will Not be any deputy's on Patrol in Coffee County? I'll be the Crooks would just Love to Hear that News!
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