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02-14-11, 05:01 PM #1
Shelby County sheriff wants raises, supports workers who threaten legal action
Sheriff Chris Curry and two of his investigators today asked the Shelby County Commission to release money for merit raises for sheriff's office employees.
One of the investigators, Clay Hammac, said the men and women of the sheriff's office and the Fraternal Order of Police are prepared to take legal action if raises are not paid.
Curry said during the meeting, "I felt it was important to be present at this morning and show my support for (FOP president) Russell (Bedsole, also an investigator for the sheriff's department) and Clay, and in turn all of the men and women they represent at the sheriff's office."
Last fall, the commission passed a budget without money for raises for county workers or sheriff's department employees. However, the Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Board, at the request of Curry, approved merit raises for the sheriff's employees.
Curry and his investigators today urged commissioners to let money go for those raises, saying that once the personnel board approved them, the commission has no legal authority not to pay them.
Curry wants the raises to be paid retroactive to the start of the 2011 budget year, Oct. 1.
Curry said being able to pay his people has allowed him to hire quality employees and provide services to people of the county.
County Manager Alex Dudchock said that, at a time like this, when the county's unemployment rate is three times what it was a few years ago and both the public and private sector face difficult times, everyone is having to live within their means.
County officials said they were limited in comments because of the threat of litigation.
It would cost $300,000 this year to fund merit raises for the sheriff's office, according to budget information.
"It's tough economic times," said Shelby County Commission Chairman Corley Ellis. "It's tough on all departments. We just have to live within our means."
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02-17-11, 10:26 PM #2
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02-18-11, 05:20 PM #3
That just looks bad in the public eye in my opinion. I know of people that lost their jobs entirely in the private sector due to the bad economy. Officers up north lost their jobs too. Our largest city in northern Alabama froze merit pay raises from October till February. No one threatened to sue, no one griped in the media. Everyone was glad to still have a job and not be laid off. Now, in February, revenues are up a little and the mayor is retroactively re-instating pay raises.
Frozen: Battle: Budget to 'hold the line' - al.com
Reinstated: With budget looking up, Huntsville restores employee step raises | al.com
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02-18-11, 09:06 PM #4
This county is not hurting for money by a long shot.
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