County Commissioners have approved a new pay matrix that they hope will help solve issues of high turnover at the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Roger Deeds, as well as commissioners, say that the number one reason forthe high turnover has been pay that is lower than other sheriff’s departments. The increases – which will bring a starting deputy’s pay up by $5,000 per year - will take effect Oct. 1. Jailers and deputies that work at the Justice Center, in constables’ offices and in the Fire Marshal’s office also will get the pay bumps. Precinct 4 Commissioner Steve Berry acknowledged that the compensation has been too low for quite some time – primarily due to budget challenges – but said the raises are ”a step in the right direction.” Deeds, who was present at the regular meeting of the Commissioners Court when the vote was taken, thanked commissioners for the pay raises.
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