Bill Pooley
Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley addresses the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday before it went into closed session to discuss ongoing labor negotiations with the Deputy Sheriffs' Association.

Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley is optimistic that a tentative deal on a new labor contract between the county Board of Supervisors and the union representing deputies will improve an ongoing staffing crisis in his office, as well as public safety overall.

Pooley confirmed the two sides “reached an agreement in principle” behind closed doors Tuesday that’s now pending approval by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Tuolumne County, which represents all deputies, jail staff, dispatchers, district attorney investigators, and probation officers.