Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said staffing issues and inmates who shouldn’t be in jail are behind the 140,000 hours of overtime pay for deputies. Commissioners court approved the overtime pay Tuesday, June 21, totaling $5.6 million that will cover deputies working in the jail from April to September.
This is the third time this year Salazar has requested the approval of overtime pay. Commissioners approved 68,912 hours in January and 67,753 in April. The current budget for overtime in the jail is about $8 million. The sheriff’s office anticipates using 335,629 hours this fiscal year, or an estimated $13.5 million, which far exceeds the budget.