Arcade has become the third town in Jackson County to cut its staff, or implement furloughs due to budget problems.
Arcade police chief Randy Williams confirmed Friday that four of his seven employees have been cut. This leaves only the police chief and two patrol officers.
“We are sworn to protect and serve and that is what we three will do,” Williams said. “The sheriff’s office has been so supportive. The times we are not here, the county will cover the town for us.”
Williams said he and the officers would follow up and investigate incidents that occur when they are not on duty.
Mayor Doug Haynie informed Williams last Monday of the cuts. The matter has not been discussed at a city council meeting.
“These last of couple of days have been among the worst of my life,” Williams said of having to let the staff go. “It’s been very emotional. I was knocking on other chief’s doors the next day. Hopefully, the officers will get other jobs soon.”
Pendergrass cut its staff two weeks ago Hoschton employees must take one day per week off without pay.