Richmond Co. Deputies and Supplemental Pay

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

October 12, 2005
You may be used to seeing them in their patrol cars, but more and more they’re coming out from behind the wheel. News 12 is on your side with how Richmond County deputies are making up for what they call low pay.

It’s a side job for Dan Carrier, working specials at Wild Wing Café.

“I do it for the extra money, to make extra money,” Investigator Dan Carrier said.

Carrier is splitting time between investigative work, testifying in court and providing security for places like restaurants, apartments and even movie theatres, anything to make ends meet.

“I wish that I didn’t have to. I mean I’d much rather be at home than working extra to make money,” Carrier said.

Carrier is one of several officers working overtime. This is after Richmond County has lost 83 deputies since January. Some are being drawn to Columbia County for its better pay and benefits.

“It’s anywhere from five to twenty-five dollars an hour,” said Jody Dickson, owner of Cadillac’s.

Jody Dickson owns Cadillac’s where a rotation or four deputies work specials throughout the week.

“Oh yeah, they all appreciate it. They’re good guys and it’s not bad work if you can get it,” Dickson said.

“It’s extremely important that we have ‘em. It keeps the place safe, underage drinkers,” said Joshua Wilson, GM of Wild Wing Café.

But with a wife at home and a baby on the way, Carrier wishes he didn’t have to check ID’s. But to him, it’s become a fact of life.

“That’s the way it goes. I chose this job so I gotta take with it what it comes with,” Carrier said.

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