Putnam Co. Sheriff's Association meets with commissioners about pay issues

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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Some members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department say there is little financial incentive for members to want to pursue leadership roles.

As a result, members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Association met Thursday with county commissioners about clearing up what they call a pay discrepancy between the ranks.

They say that pay is competitive for deputies, but members can go to other departments to have the potential to make more money as they move up through the ranks.

“So now that officer that has the foresight to look toward the future is sitting down and crunching the numbers and saying it doesn't pay me to stay here, so we lose the amount of money that we've invested in them through training, through on-job, on-sight training, schools that we've sent them to for additional education,” said Ryan Lockhart, president of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Association.

Sheriff Steve Deweese says that in order to make the pay raises possible, the department’s budget needs more money from the overall county budget. No decision was made about that on Thursday.

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