Clay County Plans to Increase Deputy Pay

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Clay County commissioners say they are working out a plan to increase the pay for sheriffs deputies. Starting deputies currently make just under $28,000 a year.

Sheriff Chuck Dunn said reasons deputies go elsewhere include pay, the need to be available at all hours and not wanting to be in a small town. Adams suggests commissioners use some of the $13,000 a month the county gets for housing Johnson County inmates to boost pay.

Right now, the money goes into the general fund, which means taxes could increase if it is used for something else.