Columbiana Co. employees to get pay increases

By D.A. Wilkinson



Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office employees will receive a pay increase this year.

Sheriff Ray Stone said last week that 19 deputies, five dispatchers and four clerical workers will get a 3 percent pay increase for 2011.

The sheriff’s staff is in the middle of a three-year pact.

Workers did not get a raise in 2010 but had a clause in their contract to reopen wage talks this year. There will be no increase in pay next year.

Under the agreement, the full-time workers will have a 9 percent co-pay of the cost of their health insurance instead of the 5 percent that they had been paying.

The lowest pay for deputies is $30,679 a year, and the top is $44,200 per year.

The co-pay for a single person is $38 a month, and a family co-pay is $135 a month.

Twelve deputies are on the family plan and five deputies are on the single plan. Two other deputies are on the insurance of their spouses.

Three dispatchers are on the family plan, and two are on the single plan. Three of the clerical workers are on the family plan, and one clerical worker is on the single plan.

There are seven part-time dispatchers who also were included in the pact who will receive the 3 percent wage increase, but they do not get county insurance.

Jim Hoppel, president of the commissioners, said he was pleased with the outcome in light of the county government’s tight finances.

He added that the commissioners were pleased with the attitude shown by the sheriff’s workers.

When workers came to the issue of money, Hoppel said, “They didn’t ask for something they knew wasn’t there.”

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