|Something else to say 2
July 11, 2013 11:34am
|Senior, Eric, POFPO you are right. If they want to give a $5,000/4,000 longevity pay to someone lets look at the Sheriff's office. Did you know MOST of the deputies, investigators, have been there 10+ years. Talk about longevity for mediocre pay, and they get screwed every budget cycle. It's a slap in the face for them. They don't have the cushy jobs that the clerks/secretary have, yet they make more than dispatchers and jailers? THAT IS WRONG!! They are loyal to the Sheriff, but it has been proven time and time again that Sheriff isn't that loyal to them. Yet, they remain loyal. Let's compare jobs:
Dispatchers - first line of communication between the community and an emergency and to ALL first responders. holders of the lives of ALL law enforcement. Works holidays, weekends, and shifts.
Corrections Officers (jailers) - protectors of the jail. book in people that are taken off the streets for breaking the law. Works holidays, weekends, and shifts.
Deputies - protectors of the community. protectors of you and your family from harm. wranglers of livestock. counselors of family disputes. safe arms for when children are scared because of an accident, disturbance, lost. Out in all elements of weather. Works holidays, weekends, and shift. Will get lunch when can. Might be home for dinner or breakfast (depending on shift). Must keep up hours to keep license. Must do this on their own time and pay for the classes on their own.
Investigators - enforcers of major crimes. keeping those off the streets that are out to steal, cheat, sale drugs, grow drugs, etc... find ways to lower the crime rate in Wilson county with minimal. Must keep up hours to keep license. Must do this on their own time and pay for the classes on their own.
Clerks/Secretary - answers phones, deals with public in office setting. Off holidays, weekends, works 8-5 with 1 hour lunch break.
Do you see the difference? Why do they deserve the longevity pay? If you divide that $9,000 by the 16 deputies and 4 investigators alone that is an extra $450 for each of them. Now what makes more sense paying 20 people extra or 2? Now go further into that and divide that by 45 people (estimate of those mentioned above)that would an extra $200 for them, again sense paying 45 people an extra $200 or paying 2 people $9,000???
The Sheriff's office has such a high turnover rate because of the pay.
I think it is time for the Sheriff office employees (jailers, dispatch, ALL deputies/investigators) to convene and start an association to demand better pay for their jobs. Floresville PO is doing it and their starting officer make more than a deputy that has been on the job for 5+ years!
We want better law enforcement, we want more out of the law enforcement we have currently? PAY THEM BETTER. If no one will fight for their pay, we should. They protect us if we want to admit it or not. What do the clerks and secretaries do?