By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Two members of the Adams County Sheriff's Department's staff have been laid off as the result of county finances, Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer said Monday.
The positions of a secretary and a member of the animal warden's staff will be eliminated at the end of the year, Fischer said.
Fischer pointed at the Adams County Board's request for a zero-growth budget for 2013, coupled with a 2 percent raise for union employees, as a main reason for the move.
"We've trimmed as much as we can from operations," Fischer said. "Unfortunately, we had to look at personnel. Public safety is our priority, so we didn't want to do anything there. We're doing whatever we can to provide good service without people in those areas.
"We didn't want to lose anyone."
Fischer said one full-time person will be in the animal warden's department.
The department lost a third position when it didn't fill a spot left open by a retirement in the maintenance department. Fischer said the department is down four people overall in the last two years. After the department's cook retired in 2011, it contracted with Meals On Wheels to provide meals for jail inmates.