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Beards cost deputies charity donation

Giddings didn’t bristle at his staff’s request to grow some fuzz


Doug Giddings

County sheriff’s deputies will be saving money on razors as the agency has relaxed its policy on growing beards, a change that will also benefit local charities.

“If you want to grow a beard, it’s going to cost you,” said Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings.

Giddings didn’t bristle at his staff’s request to grow some fuzz. The department’s standard policy has been to be clean-shaven and to allow mustaches, and, he said, he understands beards are a current fashion. Several of the guys have also said it makes it easier on them in the mornings to hit the road without having to shave first.

“So, we said, you put $40 in the kitty, and we’ll donate all the funds this first go-round to Hope Center,” Giddings said, announcing this at a staff meeting last Friday, Nov. 30. “Five paid up instantly.” As of Monday, Dec. 3, six total have paid with four more lined up.

Hope Center is a Christian non-denominational non-profit 501(c)3.

“It’s an in-house thing for fun,” he said, with deputies to police themselves to keep beards no more than half an inch, neatly groomed, looking good and not offensive. Any complaints, he said, and he’ll shut it off.

“We’ll try it for six months,” Giddings said, “and if it works we may have them put another $40 in the kitty and fund another charity. “If it goes smoothly.”


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