Morristown, Hamblen County (WVLT) - Some Hamblen County Sheriff employees’ wallets could soon get a little fatter. The County Commission's Budget Committee has approved hefty raises for 22 employees.
Every three years the Sheriff’s Department does a salary survey and that compares its salaries to surrounding counties and within the department. This year they found Hamblen County employees do the same job, work the same hours, make less money, so some could see as much as a 10% pay raise.
Here's the number breakdown. The biggest winners here could be the jailers. The Sheriff’s Department says 14 will get between $2,100 and $2,400 extra. The difference depends on how long they have been on staff.
Five deputies and three sergeants could see similar raise amounts.
While Hamblen is getting more money, Blount County is trying to do the same. The Blount County Sheriff is asking for $2.2 million more for pay and benefits. They haven't seen a pay increase since 1999. The starting pay for Hamblen and Blount is fairly close
With only about a $500 difference in minimum pay and the max pay of about $3,000.
Chief Wayne Mize says the raises are needed here in Hamblen County especially the jail to keep deputies on the road.
Chief Mize says everyone will get a 3% cost of living raise and the new salary plan still must be approved by the full commission and they meet Thursday.