by: Dave Huddleston Updated:
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that more than 10 veteran Forsyth County sheriff's deputies were laid off and more than 60 of them were reassigned.
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston was the only reporter to talk to Piper about how he plans to cut jobs and keep citizens safe.
David Tharp said he's concerned, too.
"They don't need to (do) that; not with the way the crime rate is, at all," Tharp said.
But Piper said the public has nothing to worry about. In fact, what he's doing is more of a restructuring so he can put more officers on the street.
"We applied some
Piper said he can put 17 more deputies on patrol while eliminating 11 middle management positions and save tax dollars.
"This restructuring alone
But it hasn't come at a
"It's right up there in the top three most difficult things I've done in my life," Piper said.
And those difficult days aren't over. He said Wednesday's restructuring was just for the sworn officers. He has yet to implement his restructuring plan for the civil service members in the