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.