Why were deputies stopping traffic at Western Refinery?

Western Refining.

A KFOX14 viewer named David said he recently noticed sheriff's deputies stopping traffic in the mornings and afternoons at Western Refinery in South-Central El Paso.

He wanted to know who paid for this, and why drivers were being forced to stop.

I reached out to Leslie Antunez, a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. She told me that Western Refinery contracts with off-duty deputies to provide traffic control when the refinery conducts its annual facility maintenance program.

Antunez said the yearly maintenance brings in additional contract workers and vehicles to the refinery.

The company hired the deputies to ensure that all the traffic can move through the area as safely as possible, while trying to minimize the inconvenience to other drivers who pass through the refinery along Trowbridge Drive.

Western pays the deputies for their time and help, so there’s no tax money involved, and deputies earn the extra money during their own off-hours.

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