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Allen County Council members rejected a request from jail officials for more money to hire nine additional confinement officers Thursday.

The jail recently had 10 open positions that had been filled, and the requested money would have paid wages through the end of the year for additional officers, yet to be hired.

The staffing shortage and turnover has been an ongoing concern, said Sgt. A.J. Pape, personnel director for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

The council asked Pape to come back with the request when it does next year’s budgeting, which begins in July.

“The numbers are down at the jail and at lock-up,” said Council President Darren Vogt, R-3rd.

“There’s no need to get in a panic mode. Let’s wait and see.”

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