Brown County Jail Officers Asking for a Raise

Published 07/15 2014 09:47PM

Updated 07/15 2014 10:15PM

The Brown County Sheriff's Office recently completed their annual budget proposal coming to the conclusion that $4.3 million dollars is required to run the Sheriff's Office from October of 2014 to September of 2015. Once again, there has been a request for a much deserved pay raise for the officers of the jail.

Lt. Les Karnes says, "This is probably our third consecutive year try to get something more substantial than just a two or three percent raise," which could be the answer they need in order to keep officers from leaving so often. So far, there have been 11 total people that have quit at the jail and income could be part of the issue.

One jailer, Matthew Allen says, "From the two shifts I've been on, I've seen almost three full rotations of all employees on there. I'm the only remaining one from my first two shifts." 

Even though more than income could be the issue, Officer Matthew Allen understands that it plays a significant role. He asks, "Where is your incentive to continue to perform your job at the standard you're required to?" Officer Matthew Allen and Lieutenant Les Karnes have seen many officers quit to go work right next door at the state school, where their pay was significantly increased. But officers continue to work hard as they await the results of the proposed raise, which they all feel is well deserved.

Lt. Les Karnes says, "I think jailers across the state of Texas deserve a higher pay than what they normally receive."

The jailers pay would be increased from a base pay of $24,000 dollars annually to $27,000 to an additional raise to $30,000 after one year at the jail.

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