GOLDEN - Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies are leaving in droves for higher paying jobs.
County leaders are trying to figure out how to stop the bleeding that's causing experienced workers to flee every department in county government.
The details are being laid bare at budget meetings in Golden. From the sheriff's office to human services, employees haven't gotten a raise in about five years.
County pay is well below the metro area average, and turnover is averaging around 11-percent.
County commissioners met Monday afternoon to go over each department's budget individually.
The county administrator says, in his 15 years with Jefferson County, this is the most difficult budget year he's ever seen.
Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink came to present his department's budget proposal. The sheriff has already had to cut programs like traffic and crime prevention, to free up deputies to cover patrol.
Jefferson County deputies are suing the sheriff and county commissioners over issues related to pay.
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