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Board vote split on pay hike

By Staff | Oct 9, 2011

In a split decision, the Faribault County Board of Commissioners voted to raise part-time deputies’ pay to $16 an hour.

Chief Deputy Scott Adams says the hourly wage for part-time deputies in Faribault County has not been increased since 2003 and the low number has hurt Faribault County’s ability to recruit part-time officers’ services.

“They have to work the less desirable shifts,” Adams says. “Guys would rather work somewhere else and make more money.”

Currently, deputies working part-time in Faribault County make $14 an hour without any benefits.

Part-time officers working for the Martin County Sherriff’s Department make $18.55 an hour, creating a large wage gap between the two counties.

Part-time law enforcement officers in Winnebago currently make the most money in the county at $15.50 an hour.

“I would hate to have this thing turn into a bidding war,” Commissioner Tom Loveall says. “On the other side of the argument, we are behind and there is a shortage of part-time law enforcement in the county.”

Loveall and Commissioner Bill Groskreutz, Jr. were in favor of a wage that did not top any other departments in the county.

Commissioners Greg Young and John Roper were in favor of the $16 wage.

Board Chairman Tom Warmka broke the tie, voting in favor of the $2 wage increase beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Adams says the department has built the pay raise into their budget for the last couple of years and that the raise may reduce costs by limiting the amount of overtime full-time officers are currently working.

In other business the board approved, the purchase of a tandem truck with snow removal equipment. The new truck with equipment will cost Faribault County $133,994.05.