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Mo. County Exec Vetoes Higher Pay Hikes for Deputies

December 29, 2011  | 

St. Charles County's (Mo.) executive has vetoed extra pay raises for veteran sheriff's deputies, saying they shouldn't be treated differently from other county workers.

Executive Steve Ehlmann vetoed provisions in the budget that would have provided a one-time salary increase of $1,250 for deputies with 120 or more months of service.

"We have budgeted salary increases of 1% across the board for most county employees and another 2% for those with good employee reviews," Ehlmann said in a statement. "This includes the sheriff's department personnel. What I am against is providing more money only for the deputies."

Veteran deputies have been affected by "compression," meaning that employees with considerably more experience are making only slightly more than new hires, according to a county statement.

Ehlmann also said he would make a determination about hiring additional school resource officers, after July 1, when he gains a clearer picture of revenues.

Tags: Officer Pay, St. Charles County (Mo.) Sheriff


Comments (6)

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 12/29/2011 5:09 PM

I SAY PUT POLICE ON THE SHIRTS OF ALL COUNTY WORKERS IF THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM AND THE POLICE THAT PROTECT THEM. STEVE EHLMANN SHOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO WEAR POLICE ON HIS SHIRT AND TAKE HOME CAR.

Lee @ 12/29/2011 5:33 PM

No different than any other county employee? Are all of the county employees there carrying sidearms and taking on responsibilities as the LEO's. Do they have to worry about going home to their families when they are conducting a "routine" traffic stop. What a joke

Bob@Az. @ 12/29/2011 7:19 PM

Would be interested in how much Mr.Ehlmann pulls down as an "executive" for the county and what perks are included. Does he have to be certified by the State? Does he have to carry a weapon and put himself in jeopardy? I'll bet he wears a suit to work and isn't worried about getting it bloodied up or ripped apart while trying to protect some wired freak from hurting himself or others. Put him out on the street for a month and then ask him about "being the same ". Waste of air.

george @ 12/29/2011 10:55 PM

Mr Ehlmann makes sure the county end, a stand alone department makes more money for taking very little risk.

george @ 12/29/2011 10:57 PM

Should read county ems

BW @ 12/30/2011 8:34 AM

Ehlmann makes $117,362.50 a year... He took no pay raise between 2009 and 2010. Playing the devil's advocate, times are tough; with so many of us LEOs out of work, they should be happy to get anything by way of raise. They can always retire and make room for the rest of us.

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