About 20 members of the Huron County Sheriff's Office made a surprise visit to the county commissioners meeting Thursday.
The group, which included Sheriff Dane Howard, as well as command staff and deputies, were there because of their concerns over the preliminary 2012 sheriff's office budget as proposed by the commissioners.
The deputies who attended were off-duty. The command staff were there to talk budget.
Though a great deal of numbers were tossed around during the meeting, Howard indicated the proposed budget would cut the sheriff's office about $350,000 and could ultimately lead to the layoff of more than 10 officers.
Howard called the proposed cuts "arbitrary" and added that money exists in other county funds which could improve the sheriff's office situation.
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