TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County Sheriff's deputies will get a pay raise over the objections of one commissioner.
The commission considered a contract Thursday with 85 union members of the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Herman Jones says the raises bring pay for his deputies in line with peer agencies.
But Commissioner Bob Archer argued that the county simply can't afford it.
Archer said that, over the next few weeks, the county will be laying off employees all over the county. Archer said he cannot in good conscience oversee laying off some employees while supporting pay increases for others.
Jones said he appreciates the difficult budget decisions and the jobs that all county workers do, but said he also feels deputies have a different type of responsibility in serving the public and putting their lives on the line 24 hours a day.
Commissioners approved the contract two-to-one, with Archer voting no. Archer says deputies have received pay hikes three-times greater than other employees over the past several years.