Coshocton Sheriff’s Office and union agree to new contract and pay increase for deputies

COSHOCTON − The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office lately negotiated a new contract with the union overlaying deputies within the division. The important distinction between this and the earlier contract is wage.

Sheriff James Crawford mentioned his objective was to get pay at round $30 an hour as a approach to appeal to and retain staff. He is aware of some legislation enforcement businesses within the area the place high pay is round $38 an hour and that would increase to greater than $40 an hour over the subsequent few years.

Sherriff James CrawfordSherriff James Crawford

Sherriff James Crawford

“We’ve got to stay competitive, but we can’t break the bank,” Crawford mentioned.

The new contract has a mean increase of 4.24% over the subsequent three years. The contract retroactively goes again to Jan. 1 and expires Dec. 31, 2026. This is equal to what was agreed to within the contract for the sergeants and civilians division in March.

Starting pay for deputies now’s $24.31 an hour with high pay at $28.16 an hour. At the top of the new contract, beginning pay will probably be $26.46 an hour and high pay at $30.51 an hour. Fringe advantages akin to insurance coverage, trip, comp time, clothes allowance, retirement and different issues stayed the identical from the earlier contract, Crawford mentioned.

The solely different contract change was permitting a $300 stipend for deputies for correct outfitting agreeing to particular operations, just like the particular response workforce or Okay-9 unit.

The union covers 27 deputies, with the division having 66 staff complete. Administrative positions are excluded from collective bargaining agreements.

Crawford is hopeful of a police academy by Central Ohio Technical College, set to begin May 10, will probably be one other approach to get new hires. He mentioned a lot of the candidates are native. Crawford mentioned individuals hold signing up and dropping out, however they need to have round 10, which is the minimal. A previous academy was cancelled due to lack of candidates.

“Nine or 10 have passed the physical and background (check) and are ready to go. It’s just that they keep changing their minds,” Crawford mentioned on the quantity fluctuation. “We need new candidates, especially local.”

Leonard Hayhurst is a neighborhood content material coordinator and common information reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with greater than 15 years of native journalism expertise and a number of awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He will be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected]. Follow him on X (previously Twitter) at @llhayhurst.

This article initially appeared on Coshocton Tribune: Deputies receive pay increase under new contract

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