CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In Franklin County, deputies starting out make $14.86 an hour. Franklin County Sheriff James Brown did some research and found that other counties with similar population sizes in the state pay their deputies more.
“Butler County; they start at $20. Cambria County starts at $21.20 an hour. Monroe County starts at $16.01 an hour, and Schuylkill County starts at $18.32 per hour,” said Sheriff Brown.
Sheriff Brown has asked the county commissioners for his deputies to go from a pay grade 10 to a pay grade 13, which is a 15 percent increase. He said, in the last year, he has lost two deputies to Cumberland County due to pay.
“It's a win for Cumberland County, because they are getting an experienced deputy, and it's a win for the deputy, because they don't have to go to school anymore, and they're getting $5 an hour more,” said Sheriff Brown.
Chairman of the Franklin County Commissioners Dave Keller released a statement saying:
“The commissioners will review Sheriff Brown's request during the budget process, along with the requests of all the other offices in the county. The Sheriff's Office plays an important role in ensuring public safety in the county, so we take his request very seriously. We will address the needs of his office with the interests of county taxpayers in mind as well."
Sheriff Brown believes that the increase would also be good from a safety stand point.
“It enhances the safety. Most of the deputies live within the Franklin County area. There's no legal requirement for them to do that, but most of them do and hence have a vested interest in the community,” said Sheriff Brown.