By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Several Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies complained to the Berkeley County Commissioners Tuesday about a lack of raises for officers this year.
County employees received pay hikes through a "step-raise" schedule set up by the county.
But former Sheriff Preston Gooden wanted to keep the deputies under a Civil Service pay-raise plan rather than the county's plan, said County Administrator Deborah E. Sheetenhelm.
Deputies said they had not been aware of that decision.
Deputies released figures showing that their salaries are behind those of deputies in nearby Virginia and Maryland.
A Berkeley County deputy with five years experience makes $21,745 a year, but a deputy with the same experience makes between $23,909 and $39,400 in Washington County, Md., according to figures released by the deputies.