CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-TEAM has learned some changes have been made to reduce the enormous hours of overtime earned by Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies assigned to drive around and protect county executive Armond Budish and his family.
The I-TEAM found in an exclusive investigation, just in the first half of this year, the three deputies assigned to that detail raked in 200-600 hours of OT.
Budish refused to discuss the security detail. Meantime, a sheriff’s department supervisor overseeing the personal protection unit told us he had no idea what the budget was because he’s “not a fiscal officer.” He added, despite the soaring cost, he thought the protection for Budish might expand. However, the I-TEAM could find no evidence of threats toward the county executive or his family.
Now we’ve learned, recently the sheriff’s department made changes to the schedules of deputies on the security detail to prevent less overlap. The thinking is less overlap will lead to less overtime.
Cuyahoga County leaders have admitted the county is experiencing money problems, so department heads have been asked to submit potential budgets with ten percent cuts.
We’ve learned the sheriff’s department is also trying to save money with how it patrols Lake Erie, takes inmates to hospitals, even how it searches for wanted criminals.