It was his first annual report and the one presented by Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen to the Cache County Council Tuesday would have to be labeled as optimistic.
He spoke about numerous positive changes, such as going from 12 hour shifts to eight hours and working closer with the Logan Police Department. The sheriff also thanked the council for the increased wages that were made during the year.
“The previous four years we had about 10.5 to 11 people we lost, on average, per year,” Sheriff Jensen explained. “Last year we lost seven, four were to retirement (which were expected turnovers), two were for other reasons and one just decided he didn’t want to be in law enforcement anymore.
“So realistically, if you take out the retirement piece, which we all need to plan on for all of our positions, we lost like four people in turnover positions. That’s half of what we have been. The wages have been a huge part of that.”
He said response times are better even though there have been many more calls for service. Among the other changes mentioned by the sheriff were in the animal control and community contract areas.