WCSO Now Patrolling Temporarily in Electra

After several employees recently left the Electra Police Department, Wichita County Sheriff's Deputies are stepping in to patrol there.

Last November, several officers left the Electra Police Department. It took Chief Johnny Morris eight months to get the department back up to a full staff again.

Now that talk is resurfacing that city leaders want Chief Morris out, it's happened again.

Chief Morris says six employees, which include three officers, the communications supervisor, and two dispatchers have recently resigned and now have jobs in other cities.

Soon another officer will resign and Chief Morris will go on a medical leave, leaving rookie officer and two dispatchers on the force.

But despite the shortage, these streets are being patrolled thanks to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office.

"We're gonna be there to help them with anything they need on the law enforcement side from answer calls to people coming in for complaints or whatever," Sheriff Duke said.

Sheriff Duke says the contract is for the temporary staffing of two deputies who will work on their off days and receive overtime pay from Electra. Although Sheriff Duke says this is the first time a contract will have deputies patrolling Electra 24/7, it's not the first time it's been considered.

"There was actually a time in the '90's when Sheriff Callahan was approached by some commissioners from Electra about taking over the law enforcement of the City of Electra," Sheriff Duke explained.

Duke says the cost of the constant patrol caused Electra city leaders to not go through with it. This time it's moving forward. At least for now.

Although sheriff's deputies started 24/7 patrols in Electra this weekend, Wichita County Commissioners will vote on the temporary contract tomorrow and the Electra city commission will vote later in the week.

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