King William supervisors increase pay for sheriff deputies, fire/EMS medics, dispatchers

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

King William supervisors want to give more financial support to employees in the sheriff’s office and fire/EMS who work long hours to keep the county safe.

The board also wants to make it easier for county employees who undergo surgery or become critically ill to have enough time off to recover, as well as provide enough accrual hours for their negotiated vacation time.

The board approved two resolutions, 4-1, to assist county employees in those areas at their Monday night meeting. Supervisor David Hansen voted against both resolutions, saying he wanted to see annual leave and the sick leave resolution be separate and he thought the pay increases should’ve been brought up during the 2018-19 budget process.

County administrator Bobbie Tassinari said she presented both resolutions to assist county employees and help the sheriff’s office with their turnover rate.

Annual leave, shared sick leave pool

Those in the sheriff’s office and in fire/EMS with different hours and schedules will have adjusted accrual annual leave rates to match their negotiated vacation time. The accrual hours are pro-rated and employees can receive more depending on their work schedule and salary.

  • Fire medic: 11.42 pro-rated hours per month
  • Sheriff deputies: 12 pro-rated hours per month
  • 911 dispatchers: 10 pro-rated hours per month

County employees will be able to donate hours to a shared sick leave pool to assist fellow employees who undergo surgery or have critical illnesses.

The shared pool will be managed by an employee committee from various departments, and employees will have to get a note from a physician and approval from the review committee to access the shared hours, according to Tassinari.

Employee leave will be taken in 30 minute increments.

Pay increases

Deputies and dispatchers in the sheriff’s office will receive pay raises. Sheriff Jeff Walton said he discussed it with Tassinari as the department has problems with turnover and recruitment.

  • Sheriff’s deputies will go from $34,686 to $38,651 minimum
  • Senior sheriff deputy: a promotion from deputy and new pay classification, $41,003 minimum
  • Dispatchers: pay classification change, $32,458 minimum
  • Lead dispatchers: pay classification change, $37,103 minimum

Seven sheriff deputies and three dispatchers will get mid-year increases, as will two deputies who are eligible to move up to senior sheriff deputy positions. These pay changes will cost the county an additional $36,309 per year and will take effect Jan. 1.

The board also presented a resolution to honor Albert “Sparky” Sparks, who recently passed away and was a founding member of the Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad. Sparks’ family accepted the resolution and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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