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County votes yes to pay increases

Duane Sherrill photo DeKalb Sherriff Patrick Ray told commissioners this past week that he had lost many deputies because of the lack of pay raises afforded to his department the past few years. The commission voted to grant raises for the sheriff’s employees as well as other county workers, wit...

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Amid an impassioned plea for help from Sheriff Patrick Ray, the DeKalb County commission approved raises for the law enforcement agency and other county employees with the exception of the emergency ambulance service.

“It’s making it a hardship to work for the sheriff’s department,” Ray maintained in addressing the 14-member commission before it voted on the pay increase. “I’ve lost nine employees recently, that’s 50-plus years of experience, gone.”

The losses, Ray said, included a chief deputy, with most new hires costing $15,000 apiece to train.

“”I’ve tried to be patient,” the sheriff said ...

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