PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — For the last several years, members of the Putnam County Deputy Sheriff's Association have advocated for better pay for certain ranks within the department.
Thursday morning they asked county commissioners to consider pay raises again as they work to determine next year's budget.
The sheriff's association says the biggest issue is the pay separation between ranks, meaning that while Putnam County deputies earn similar salaries to their counterparts in neighboring counties, higher ranking positions in Putnam are much lower.
Sheriff Steve Deweese says until last year, his officers hadn't received a pay raise in six years, but even that was less than requested.
The sheriff's association cited a lack of incentive as the reason that officers have taken law enforcement jobs elsewhere in other counties or jurisdictions.
County commissioners stressed that drafting the budget is still in the very early stages and said they'd take into consideration all of the information that was presented to them.
The budget will be voted on during their meeting at the end of the month.