Some deputies could retire early

September 21, 2009 8:06:59 AM PDT
Cost-saving moves by Bexar County could lead to as many as 30 sheriff's deputies taking voluntary early retirement. The San Antonio Express-News reported Monday that the tentative plan calls for each potential retiree opting out for a lump-sum payment of $125,000. Health insurance benefits would continue for up to a decade or age 65, whichever comes first.

County budget officials, Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz and union representatives worked through the weekend to try to finalize the deal.

The sheriff's department has about 1,600 employees, including more than 1,200 detention officers, patrol deputies and investigators. Authorities say the potential retirees would not include investigators or patrol deputies.

The county's next budget period begins Oct. 1. County commissioners last week adopted a $1.5 billion spending plan.

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