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Sheriff tells Republican Women’s Club his department needs deputies

Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster shares a story with the Republican women of Kingman during their regular meeting at Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Ave. (Photo by Agata Popeda/Daily Miner)

Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster shares a story with the Republican women of Kingman during their regular meeting at Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Ave. (Photo by Agata Popeda/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – Just days before the Mohave County Board of Supervisors annual workshop, Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster visited the Kingman Republican Women’s Meeting to update them on his office’s achievements and future needs.

Schuster said when he took over after being elected in 2016, the biggest problem was staff morale. They were not compensated enough and therefore not happy, which affected their interactions with the public.

He said he has managed to change the culture and now has happy deputies who know he will “fight for them to the nail.”

“I’m focused, and I’m driven,” Schuster said. “But we need more staff. At the moment we have six deputies less on the streets than in 1989.”

In the meantime, the Sheriff’s office receives more calls than ever, and the population of the county has doubled.

Schuster assured the Republican women that he is not talking about raising taxes. He suggested that the county is doing well financially, and had a few millions extra last year.

“I want to solve crime,” he added. “But with the number of deputies we have now, we simply don’t have time for all the calls.”

Schuster expressed his hope that Republican women will continue to support the sheriff’s office.

He said he is happy with the direction his department is going. He is proud of his volunteers who do not get any money from the county and managed to gather $120,000 within the last 18 months. Since he took over, the office didn’t lose a single employee to another local department, he pointed out.

“But we need to be competitive,” he said about deputies’ salaries, which tend to be higher in more urban areas. “Otherwise, we will always be chasing our own tail.”

Schuster said when he took over after being elected in 2016, the biggest problem was staff morale. They were not compensated enough and therefore not happy, which affected their interactions with the public.

He said he has managed to change the culture and now has happy deputies who know he will “fight for them to the nail.”

“I’m focused, and I’m driven,” Schuster said. “But we need more staff. At the moment we have six deputies less on the streets than in 1989.”

In the meantime, the Sheriff’s office receives more calls than ever, and the population of the county has doubled.

Schuster assured the Republican women that he is not talking about raising taxes. He suggested that the county is doing well financially, and had a few millions extra last year.

“I want to solve crime,” he added. “But with the number of deputies we have now, we simply don’t have time for all the calls.”

Schuster expressed his hope that Republican women will continue to support the sheriff’s office.

He said he is happy with the direction his department is going. He is proud of his volunteers who do not get any money from the county and managed to gather $120,000 within the last 18 months. Since he took over, the office didn’t lose a single employee to another local department, he pointed out.

“But we need to be competitive,” he said about deputies’ salaries, which tend to be higher in more urban areas. “Otherwise, we will always be chasing our own tail.”

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