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[Santa Barbara County] Sheriff election heats up following grand jury report

The race for Santa Barbara County sheriff-coroner reached a boiling point after the release of a 2017-18 Santa Barbara County grand jury report stating the Sheriff’s Office mandatory overtime had “become a de facto element” in its personnel and budget management practices, costing the office and county millions of dollars and affecting recruitment efforts.

Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff's Association applauds recent Grand Jury report

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A recent Grand Jury report concerning a mandatory overtime policy has some Santa Barbara County Sheriff Custody Deputies applauding.

In a story broken on several days ago, a report from the Grand Jury highlights what some custody deputies say has been an ongoing problem for years.  And, the release of the report comes just weeks before the Santa Barbara County Sheriff election.

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury questions sheriff's mandatory overtime policy, recruitment efforts

The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury on Wednesday released a report critical of the mandatory overtime policy within the sheriff's office.

Grand jury members found the policy, which has been in effect for years, is taking a toll on some of the staff, particularly custody deputies.