SOUTH BEND — The Sheriff’s Office gained ground Tuesday when the Pacific County Commissioners approved the hiring of a deputy and the purchase of an apprehension dog.

“We lost a deputy last year to retirement, and this is putting the number of deputies back to the number we had before that retirement,” Chairwoman Lisa Ayers (Dist. 3) said. “We’ve had additional calls, more than we’ve had in the past. Our deputies are stretched. We waited until the state budget was approved so we could make sure we didn’t lose a lot of state funding so that we could cover the cost of this deputy.”

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