Leon County Deputies Looking for Pay Raise

In Leon County, the sheriff will be keeping a close watch on the process to make sure the salaries of his deputies are more comparable to other law enforcement agencies. It's looking like deputies just might get those raises.

The Leon County commissioners and staff are working on their new upcoming fiscal year budget, and in this current proposal, some deputies could see as much as eight and a half percent.

The Leon County sheriff thinks his men and women deserve a raise.

Larry Campbell, Leon County Sheriff, says, "Right now we've been working extremely hard to make deputies’ salaries comparable to other law enforcement agencies, and not just the deputies, but correctional officers and other employees."

Campbell says pay raises have been a priority of his since first being elected sheriff.

Larry Campbell says, "When I first started we were quit a bit under, for example, to our peers at the Tallahassee Police Department, and we've been able to bring that up thanks to our commissioners working very hard and closely with us."

The county says it has been working very hard on getting the men and women in green, some more green.

Alan Rosenzwieg, Director of the Leon County Office of Budget and Management, says, "What they attempt to do is look at the entire market, TPD, the state, FDLE, FAMU and FSU police and try to figure out the market salary is. They determined, on average, the deputies weren't staying with the market, so what the board is committed to do is at minimum an eight and a half percent raise for the law enforcement deputies for three years."

But despite the discrepancy, the Sheriff's Office still has a high retention rate.

Alan Rosenzwieg says, "We think there's just a general desire that once you become a deputy you want remain with the sheriff. There's a sense of loyalty that I don't know if you see in other agencies."

Sheriff Campbell says years ago there was a $7,000 discrepancy between deputies and other agencies, deputies being on the low end, but now that number is less than $2,000. The new budget goes into effect October 1, but there will be two public hearings before that in September.