Harris County Deputies To Get Long Awaited Pay Raises

Harris County constables and sheriff's deputies will get a pay raise after years without any increase.

Law enforcement personnel in Harris County will get as much as a four percent raise starting next month.

The Sheriff's and constables' offices haven't had a raise since 2008, when the county had to slash the budget due to the poor economy.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says the raises will apply to both officers and civilian employees.

"The law enforcement personnel are going to get raises, four percent, three percent, two percent, in the middle of the year."

The raises aren't as high as Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia requested. He had asked for an immediate six percent raise.

But Harris County Commissioners went with the recommendation of the county's budget office and authorized the smaller increases. Emmett says they'll reassess pay for law enforcement at the next budget review in March.

"We have a commitment to look at very seriously what the status of our deputies are compared to people in similar jobs in the region. Harris County Sheriff's deputies and constables' deputies I think overall do a tremendous job and they need to be rewarded. And they, like all county employees, have been sort of put on hold for too long."

Harris County was able to apply the law enforcement raises this year because of increased property tax revenue. The county took in $45 million more than projected and will use $20 million of it for maintenance of county buildings.

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