Judge issues temporary order to halt deputy layoffs

MILWAUKEE -- A judge recently ruled in favor of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriff's Association halting the layoff of sheriff deputies in Milwaukee County. The union says they were told the amount of layoffs coming would depend on how many deputies retire. They want more time, because more sheriff deputies may retire.

The union said a deputy just retired this week, and more retirements may be coming before the end of 2011. For now, 21 sheriff deputies will be laid off, and 40 will be spared.

This judgement is just a temporary restraining order stopping the county from handing out layoffs. The exact amount of layoffs will be determined during arbitration. We've been told the decision on the number of layoffs could come by the end of January.