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Berkeley County deputies to get raise

October 19, 1997

By DONAINES

Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputies will be getting a $500 across-the-board raise approved Thursday by the county commission.

According to County Administrator Deborah Sheetenhelm, the raises are being made retroactive to July 1, when the county's fiscal year began. Sheriff Ron Jones and the commission had to juggle some funds to free up money for the increases.

Sheetenhelm said when the budget was being finalized in February and March, the commission asked Jones to submit a plan for the raises. That was because the cost of housing prisoners at the Eastern Regional Jail had skyrocketed, putting a pinch on the county's overall budget.

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Jones' proposal included moving a total of $5,000 from the sheriff's office overtime and holiday pay budgets. In turn, the county moved $10,000 out of its courthouse equipment budget, Sheetenhelm said.

The county freed up its share by leasing rather than buying four new cruisers for the sheriff's office, reducing up-front costs. Sheetenhelm said there was enough leeway in the $44,000 overtime budget and $30,000 holiday pay budget for the sheriff to transfer the $5,000 share for the raises.

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