Franklin County Sheriff's Department Wins Battle For Budget

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Wins Battle For Budget

After the Franklin County Sheriff said deputies were paid as much or less than the county custodian, the department asked the fiscal court for more money...and got it.
After a weeks-long battle, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department got a budget they say they can work with.

Previously, Sheriff Pat Melton said nine of his deputies were paid as much as--or less than--the county custodian.

That changed when a 4-3 vote by the Franklin County Fiscal Court approved an 8.18% increase in funds for the sheriff's department in 2013.

The sheriff said the increase will give salary equity to the nine lowest-paid deputies, hire a new deputy, pay for another vehicle, and give a 3% pay increase to the rest of the staff.

"Our goal was to provide the best services and assistance to Franklin County we can. And as a result of the court today, we got an additional person to help us do that...and hopefully that'll make the community safer and a better place," said Sheriff Melton.

The sheriff said the salaries will go into effect immediately, and a new deputy should be found in the next 60 days.
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