Aiken County Sheriff asks for millions to raise staff salaries

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW)- Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt asked the County Council Tuesday night for $2.3 million to provide raises for Sheriff's Office staff.

Sheriff Hunt said the money would go toward a 20% increase in every staff member's raise, except his own. He proposed a millage rate increase to provide the funds.

Hunt said the Sheriff's Office is losing experienced deputies to other agencies because of the pay difference. He said the Sheriff's Office lost nearly 25% of its road deputy force in 2013.

There will be more budget meetings, and the decision on a rate increase will come in June.

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