No raises for Shawnee County Deputies

An attorney for deputies in Shawnee County says not giving pay raises will have a negative impact on the Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to approve a one year, uni-lateral contract that contains no pay raise.

Bob Archer and Shelley Buhler voted in favor of the contract, while Kevin Cook cast a dissenting vote. The contract involves deputies with the rank of sergeant and below.

This decision comes after the County and FOP reached in impasse earlier this year.

A fact finder was brought in to try and resolve the situation. The Attorney representing the deputies say low pay is a concern.

Bob Archer called a study put out by deputies comparing Shawnee County salaries with pay for deputies in other counties phony, saying the cost of buying a home in Topeka is much less than other cities.

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