Dec 12, 2012 6:36 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is hiring. Thanks to the passage of Ballot Issue 1A, Sheriff Terry Maketa is now preparing to hire up to 105 new sworn deputies. There will also be a number of civilian support jobs opening as well.
The first of three training academies begins in mid January. Each academy can accomodates 40 recruits and lasts about 22 weeks. The prospective deputies then take around 9 to 10 weeks of field training.
Maketa says he plans to stagger the academies to get the new deputies on duty as soon as possible.
"We really hope that by the time the school lets out in around May that the citizens start seeing the benefit of their investment," Maketa said.
Ballot Issue 1A will increase the sales tax in El Paso County by 0.23 percent for the next 8 years.
The tax hike is projected to raise around $17 million a year.
Some of that money is already being spent. Maketa says a broken dishwasher was replaced at the jail just days after the election and that purchase orders are been signed for new ovens and kettles in the kitchen.