Sheriff Questions Potential Cuts To Jail Budget

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace showed legislators an example of what every shift and time-off slot at the Chautauqua County Jail looks like on paper for the last year at Wednesday's Public Safety Committee meeting. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

MAYVILLE – “We are constantly struggling with minimum staffing,” Sheriff Joe Gerace said on Wednesday.

Gerace offered a scroll of colored blocking which took up a few feet of table space which showed shifts and time-off slots at the Chautauqua County Jail at Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Public Safety Committee. The jail faces a potential $50,000 cut to overtime for the upcoming year after the legislative committees reviewed the county executive’s tentative budget last week.

“I’m going to do my best to make this work,” Gerace said.

He added that he wants to “set the record straight” regarding full-time corrections staff versus part-time staff. The part-time staffers, even though they can be more difficult to manage due to scheduling conflicts and overturn, are less expensive than hiring more full-time staff.

See Thursday’s edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.