New year, same sheriff. Cameron County has sworn in Sheriff Omar Lucio for another term in office.
The swear in took place over the new year holiday thanks to Representative Rene Oliveira. The sheriff spoke on what is next for his department this year, including brand new technology for the jail. As well as the need for acquisition of funds in order to retain officer numbers.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said, “We’re working on something else for the jail that nobody else in the United States has, and we’re working on that right now. It’s going to save a lot of man power. It’s going to save a lot of money and it’s going to give us an outstanding report as far as that goes. Hopefully somewhere along the line, the commissioners can realize that we need to pay them a little better, but not only for my officers, but the jailers. Usually I have 15 to 20 vacant spots because they quit to go to better paying jobs.”
The sheriff says the department is currently at risk of losing 13 officers this year when the Fund 90 funds run out for 2017.