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Sheriff: Staffing A Concern, Will Seek Re-Election

Sheriff: Staffing A Concern, Will Seek Re-Election

By Luke Haase

Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley has plenty on his plate on a good day. Today, he's facing a shortage of seven officers out of his total of 24, caused by several recent departures and retirements. It's where we began a sit-down conversation with The Ticker.

Ticker: Are you understaffed? Is there a safety concern?
Bensley:
Oh yeah. If you have two cars on the road to take care of the whole county and you need both cars because someone's beating up his wife, you now have zero on the roads. And then how far away are they when other calls come in. So yes. But I've been talking about this problem for years. I've been Sheriff for five and a half years., and only one time for two weeks were we overstaffed by one person; we knew someone was leaving and we had someone up and running and ready. Once. We've asked every year for more officers. more

Today

Toastmasters at Horizon

7:15am Toastmasters, nonprofit group focused on improving leadership and public speaking skills, meets at Horizon Books' Shine Cafe (lower level) in downtown Traverse City. Free to attend. more

Oct. Geek Breakfast

7:45am Oct. Geek Breakfast: Bubba's, TC. A casual breakfast networking event for the tech-minded community. Details: geekbreakfast.org.

Big Draw Grand Traverse

8:00am Big Draw Grand Traverse: Presented by the Dennos Museum Center, NMC, in partnership with many educational organizations and businesses throughout the region. During October there will be arts events for all ages & abilities. For a listing of events by date and by age group, visit dennosmuseum.org/big-draw.  

Learn to Skate Class

11:00am Learn to Skate Class: Presented by the Traverse City Figure Skating Club at Centre Ice Arena, TC. To register call 231-947-2267 or go to website for class times/registration form: www.gofiguretc.org.

Stories & More

11:00am Stories & More: Weekly preschool program led by Joanne "Yogi" Beare. Featuring stories, songs, crafts, play & more. Glen Lake Community Library, Empire. 231-326-5361 or www.glenlakelibrary.net.  

GTOC Fall Trunk Show

1:00pm Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic will host its annual Fall Trunk Show at 929 Business Park Drive, TC. A percentage of proceeds benefit Traverse Health Clinic C.H.A.P., Special Olympics and the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA. Will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Father Fred Foundation. www.gtoc.net

Live Music: Leelanau Sands Casino

1:00pm Live Music: Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown. With 45th Parallel Polka Band. casino2win.com

A Pint for a Pint Blood Donation

2:00pm A Pint for a Pint Blood Donation: Visit the bloodmobile parked in front of Oryana Natural Foods Market, TC and donate a pint of blood. Blood donors will receive a FREE pint of ice cream in return. 947-0191.  
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