Pitt County Sheriff: Budget Cuts Might Force Layoffs

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says his office has been asked to cut its budget putting up to 16 full-time and all part time jobs on the line.

Pitt County Manager Scott Elliot says only part-time positions have been targeted, but Sheriff Neil Elks says to make the 2.5% reductions Elliott asked for full time positions would have to be cut. The sheriff says he plans to make cuts in other categories such as overtime, ammunition, and office supplies to ensure the least amount of staff is let go.

At this point, the budget cuts are just proposals until meetings with each department head and a vote from the county commissioners. Elliott says unfortunately with low revenue, cuts have to be made.

"I can say that revenues are down for next year so we are looking to cut in any corner that we can cut to reduce those expenditures," said Elliott.

For now the county manager's and sheriff's salaries are not being targeted. The county manager makes $162,652 dollars. Sheriff Neil Elks makes $84, 304.

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