The Maury County Commission has unanimously approved an immediate increase in compensation for sworn officers and corrections personnel at the Maury County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Bucky Rowland, who has been advocating for the salary increases, believes the boost will help to retain current officers and attract future ones.
The immediate increase, approved by the county commission during its February board meeting, will cost the county $226,815.50 for the remainder of this fiscal year.
The raises represent $5,914.96 for captains, an $8,954.30 increase for lieutenants and a $16,923.82 for sergeants within the department.
Sergeants working within the local jail will see a $7,076.37 increase and maintenance staff working at the local corrections facility will see a $2,555.22 increase.
The raises also offer increases to social security, retirement, disability and medical to the department’s employees.
The new positions add an additional $84,000 to the county’s budget for the current fiscal year.
“This does not get us to where we need to be in regard to completion,” Commissioner Debbie Turner said during the meeting.
“This is the first step in a great direction. I think this will put a band-aid on the hemorrhage and won’t be the revolving door to train our law enfacement officers and for them to go on to greener pastures. Who can blame them?”
Turner emphasized her position on future increases in compensation.
“We are still on the bottom as far as pay for law enforcement officers,” Turner said.
The increases were proposed by Rowland and supported by Maury County Budget Committee Chair Scott Sumners.
“This is the right time,” Rowland said in early February, a request he had repeatedly made in recent years. “It should have already been done, but it needs to be done today.
“This is what our folks have been wanting.”