TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Shawnee County Sheriff's Deputies will get a pay raise over the objections of one commissioner.
The commission considered a contract 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, "over the next few weeks, we'll be laying off employees all over the county and I can't oversee that while we're giving raises to other county employees.My conscience won't let me do that."
Sheriff Jones stated, "I understand that, but they're in a much different light than others. Not that others aren't important, but our people put 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.
Commissioners also heard the impact a potential hold on a federal nutritional program could have on Shawnee County. As we reported yesterday, KDHE is telling local "WIC" offices to only issue checks for this month for the women, infant, child supplemental food program.
Due to the federal government shutdown. The Shawnee County Health Agency told commissioners, it affects 6700 people in Shawnee, Osage and Wabaunsee Counties.
The agency is referring families to food banks and other organizations that offer food assistance, in case the shutdown causes them to lose future payments.