The Rapid City Journal reports that Pennington County is looking add 13.5 employees to the 2017 budget. The Pennington County Board of Commissioners met and will continue to discuss the budget. Many of the new positions relate to law enforcement. Sheriff Kevin Thom requested 4 new deputies. The Rapid City Journal reports their future pay will come from part of a COPS grant. The Public Defender's Office and State's Attorney's Office are also hoping to hire more people. Overall, the tax burden for the new employees will be $695,733.
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