Blue Lake signs contract with sheriff's office; 2 deputies assigned to city

The city of Blue Lake has signed a contract with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for continued law enforcement services, officials announced on Wednesday.

"I think it's good that we were able to get a contract signed, and we have resumed service in Blue Lake," Mayor Sherman Schapiro said. "Given the feedback from residents of Blue Lake, it was time to try to get something in place because it was obvious residents were not happy not having anyone stationed out here."

While a deputy was not stationed in the city after the start of the new year, deputies did continue to patrol the area and respond to calls for service as the contract was negotiated, the sheriff's office said.

The three-year contract was signed Tuesday night. Under the new contract, two deputies will be assigned to the city. Additional deputies will be provided to the city when the assigned deputies are not on duty, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office has provided law enforcement to the city since 2008 after its police department was disbanded.

"The sheriff's office appreciates the hard work that everyone put into the contract, and look forward to working with the city of Blue Lake in the future," Lt. Steve Knight said.

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