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Commissioners Increase Law Enforcement Salaries

Feb 18, 2020

During their regular meeting Feb. 17, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved appropriating $354,233 of General Fund Balance to provide market adjustments to entry level law enforcement salaries in the Sheriff’s Office effective March 1.

In late 2019, County management requested the Human Resources Department research comparable counties and detention officer pay. The study results showed Cumberland County entry level pay for law enforcement is 10 percent lower than comparable counties, while average pay is 16 percent lower.

Cumberland County Manager Amy Cannon hopes this increase in pay will help improve turnover and retention rates. The officer turnover rate at the detention center remains high with a vacancy rate hovering around 45%.

“We have continued to struggle and have challenges with employee recruitment and retention,” Cannon said.

Pay for entry level detention officers will increase by $2,300 to $36,500. To maintain the standard differential in entry level pay between sworn deputies and unsworn detention officers, entry level for a deputy sheriff will increase by $1,750 to $39,237.

This increase applies to all deputy classifications excluding the rank of captain and above.

“We believe this is a step in the right direction in the process to begin impacting positively our recruitment and retention,” Cannon said. “I would like to thank the Sheriff and his staff. We have worked cooperatively on this for the last couple of months and have come to a joint recommendation.”

During the meeting, commissioners also approved an agreement with the Town of Spring Lake to construct a sanitary sewer collection system on Mitchley Street. This project, not to exceed $115,676, is funded through the Community Development Block Grant.

The final process of transferring the property located at 707 and 711 Executive Place to the Cumberland County Hospital System, Inc. was also approved. The property will provide space to conduct its psychiatric residency program and see patients.

The meeting’s agenda is available online at co.cumberland.nc.us. The meeting will be rebroadcast on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETV), Spectrum Channel 5, Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m. The meeting can also be viewed online at youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC.

The Board of Commissioners meets twice a month. The meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse at 117 Dick St.

The meetings are broadcast live on Fayetteville/Cumberland Educational TV (FCETC), Spectrum Channel 5 and youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC.