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GBI agents will take furlough days

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - GBI officials are worried about the latest round of state cutbacks since they're already short-staffed and dealing with heavy workloads.

Governor Sonny Perdue is asking state agencies to help eliminate a 900-million dollar deficit by furloughing workers for three days before the end of the year.

Special Agent in Charge Ronnie Thompson at the Thomasville office says they're already understaffed, and they assist local agencies in a lot of counties.

"We're down to four agents and a crime scene tech to work ten counties. So that coupled with furlough days it makes it interesting but as I say we're going to do our best so it won't impact any services to the counties or the cities we work with ," said Agent Ronnie Thompson.

GBI officials in Atlanta haven't decided exactly how they'll implement the furloughs but say they'll be flexible so an agent can postpone a scheduled furlough day if he's in the middle of a major case.

State agencies are also being asked to cut budgets by 5%.

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