By Steve Large

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Roseville’s police chief says he wants to close his jail for good and do it as early as this month.

The long-planned slammer shutdown is suddenly speeding up, because Chief Daniel Hahn says he’s running out of jail employees. Since he announced the eventual closure, employees have been leaving.

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“I personally don’t think we need a jail when we have the county jail in our city,” he said.

The once full-time jail has turned part time. Roseville employed 10 officers at full jail staffing. That’s turned to just four now, including a supervisor making roughly $80,000 a year. Hahn says all of them earn their pay, despite the jail’s dwindling hours.

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“Well, the jail’s not closed because we want it to be closed; the jail is closed when we don’t have the employees available,” he said. “So I wouldn’t say it’s a waste of money, the jailers serve as jailers when they’re able to.”

It’s a lockup on its last days.

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“In terms of the grand scheme of us having a jail, we agree. the county has opened a jail in our city and we no longer believe that we need a jail,” he said.