Last week the commissioners were informed by Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst the board should have acted on a potential pay raise for those offices before June 1. As it stands now, the current offices’ pay will be frozen for the next four years at the same level it is currently.
Holder said when he ran, he realized what the pay was and he was fine with that. But, Holder said there are 11 deputies at the sheriff’s department and he pointed out with the board freezing the salary of sheriff, four or eight years down the road, if a deputy considers running for sheriff, they would likely be making less as sheriff than they are as a deputy and that might deter some guys from running for sheriff.
“They work hard for me and for the county,” said Holder, adding, “They deserve something. Some guys over there would make good sheriffs.” Holder also pointed out the stipend he receives from the state is no guarantee. He told the board each year there are lawmakers who try to do away with the stipends elected officials receive from the state. “If that goes away, the deputies could be making more than me,” he said.
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