Greenville, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is excited over the newly-approved county budget.
A compromised pay increase means deputies will receive a bigger paycheck come July. Law enforcement will be eligible for between five and 6.2-percent raises.
A study for reclassification of deputy pay has been in the works with the county manager, as well as human resources.
Sheriff Neil Elks said the new budget gives a green light to the project, “We have been working on that for quite a while and we have been able to negotiate some changes and make our classification a lot more simpler.”
In addition to pay raises, the budget increase means equipment may get the necessary upgrades the team is wanting.
“This is going to be a very challenging year for vehicle replacement and I think the county has seen growth. The tax raise has allowed them to do other things this year, which is a positive,” said Elks, who added this budget increase will also help with recruiting and the retention of officers.