Woodbury County board OKs 25 reserve deputies

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors has approved expanding the number of volunteer reserve sheriff’s deputies to 25.

The total approved on Tuesday is five fewer than sought by Sheriff Dave Drew, but he’d said he could live with that figure.

Drew and board chairman Larry Clausen had been wrangling about the expansion. Clausen had criticized as wasteful a department policy that lets on-duty sheriff’s deputies attend their children’s sporting events. Drew said the longtime policy lets deputies attend family events during their one-hour lunches and, as part of community policing, attend their kids’ sporting events so long as the deputies leave if called away.

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