Budget cuts push cops to look for new jobs
BAKER - Baker police officers have applied for new jobs with citywide budget cuts possibly coming soon.
Two full-time patrol officers have already been cut from the Baker Police Department, and Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps believes more cuts are on the horizon. The department's questionable future has some officers searching for new jobs, according to Knaps.
"We, right now, have three of our uniform patrol officers are currently applying with other agencies," said Knaps. "They're well into that application process. That's three certified, qualified officers that know this city."
The city is currently operating with an $800,000 dollar deficit. The Baker Fire Department has already cut part-time, contracted employees. Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards said he expects more cuts to follow soon.
The Baker City Council has proposed increasing water and sewer rates to help fill the budget hole.