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Sheriff Ray seeks pay increase for employees
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In a recent meeting of the county budget committee, Sheriff Patrick Ray told commissioners that his deputies and detectives at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department are some of the lowest paid in the state.Ray told the committee that he has lost five employees since last October because they have found better-paying jobs at other law enforcement agencies.According to Ray, DeKalb County has not kept up with other city and county law enforcement agencies regarding rates of pay.The sheriff told the committee that he is concerned that he will lose more personnel if the county does not make an attempt to be competitive.“ Since October, I've lost four or five of my deputies,” Ray told the budget committee members.“ Most of them have been in my department for quite sometime. Some of them are over four year deputies. All of them pretty much have moved because of the pay.