GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – One local veterans advocacy group is continuing to push commissioners to raise the salary of Sheriff Deputies.
Veterans Service Officer Lee Pascasio presented the resolution at Monday night’s Pitt County commissioners meeting.
“The sheriff deputies deserve a pay raise, and it’s long overdue.”
Lee Pascasio, a retired Police Officer and Veteran, says Greenville Police and Pitt County Sheriff Deputies should be paid the same amount.
Pascasio’s resolution reads as follows, “Whereas the wages of Pitt County Deputy Sheriffs are well below the wages of their counterpart Greenville Police Officers, we respectfully request an immediate fair and appropriate pay raise for our deputies.”
Currently a Deputy Sheriff for Pitt County makes about 40,000 dollars while a Greenville Police Officer with a similar position makes over 46,000 dollars. Other deputies are also being paid lower salaries. For example, an Advanced Deputy makes 48,401 dollars while a Master Police Officer makes more than 9,000 dollars a year more.
“We want for our deputy sheriffs to be treated fair, and right now they are not. They are paid far less than a Greenville police officer. Yet, they live in the same community; they pay the same taxes and all of that.
Pascasio says Veterans of Foreign Affairs and local Marines are talking with County Commissioners to see if the pay raise can be made.
Pitt County Commissioner’s Board Chairman Glen Webb says commissioners have discussed this issue before, but a decision was never made.
“I think every commissioner believes the pay raise is needed,” said Board Chairman Glen Webb. “It’s just a matter of logistics and making it happen this year. ”
The budget has already been approved for this year, but Webb says if a pay increase is approved, the earliest deputies would see it is later next year.
“The same certifications, they’re professionals, they do a wonderful job and they need to be compensated at the rate and the market that they compete in.”
Pascasio knows the decision won’t happen overnight and he’s not giving up until the issue is resolved.
“We will keep trying, if it takes a few more months or a few more years.”
If the salary increase is approved next year, the money would come from general funds.