For the first time in nearly two decades, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office is fully staffed with deputies. Sheriff Vern Warnke had the privilege of swearing-in three new deputies this morning bringing an end to the staffing issues the Sheriff’s Office was having two years ago. Sheriff Warnke expressed his sincere thanks to a majority of the Merced County Board of Supervisors for working with him to make this mile stone happen.

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Sheriff Warnke said the best part of the fully staffed Sheriff’s Office was having the opportunity to “put more boots on the ground” and being able to bring back some of the special teams, (IE: STAR, Gang Task Force, Marijuana eradication Team) to help with fighting crime. Sheriff Warnke added, “It also helps with the stresses this office was feeling when we were working several hours of overtime every week just to keep deputies on the streets”.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Julian Rico, Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Saechao, and Deputy Sheriff Oscar Ochoa Flores to the family.

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