Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies Push for 25 Percent Pay Raise - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies Push for 25 Percent Pay Raise

Deputies say their pay is too low and some of the are on public assistance

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies Push for 25 Percent Pay Raise

    Johnson County sheriff's deputies are pushing for a 25 percent raise, saying their pay is so low some of them are on public assistance. (Published Thursday, July 12, 2018)

    Johnson County sheriff’s deputies are pushing for a 25 percent raise, saying their pay is so low some of them are on public assistance.

    The starting pay for a deputy is $37,000, far below what most other departments pay, said Johnson County Sheriff’s Association President James Novian.

    "When we have as many employees as we do on welfare and government assistance, you know, that's not good,” Novian said.

    As a detective, Novian investigates crimes against children.

    Ky. High School 'Adulting Class' Teaches 'Real World' Skills

    [NATL] 'Adulting Class' Teaches Kentucky High Schoolers 'Real World' Skills

    A high school in Kentucky held an “Adulting Day” to teach some seniors “real world” skills like balancing a check book and dorm room cooking.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2018)

    He has 13 years with the department and makes less than $50,000 a year.

    "It is tough,” he said Thursday. “I have two kids. I have an 11 and a 9-year-old and it is tough. I'm one of the guys on housing assistance."

    He's not alone.

    The association surveyed all deputies and dispatchers and found 15 members accepting school lunch assistance, six taking donated clothing and one getting food from a pantry.

    Signs are going up on some businesses supporting the deputies.

    “We support Johnson County deputies,” read one sign in Cleburne. “Pray for pay.”

    Explosion at Japanese Pub Injures Over 40 People

    [NATL] Explosion at Japanese Pub Injures Over 40 People

    The explosion happened in the Northern Japanesse city of Sapporo Sunday evening.

    (Published Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018)

    Novian said a 225 percent raise would “just barely getting us to the average."

    Commissioner Larry Woolley said he and other county leaders will examine the pay issue after budget numbers come in July 25.

    "We are going to have to look at those low-end salaries for sure,” he said. "Every member of this court would love to give every employee a huge increase. Now a 25 percent increase? I don't know that that's achievable. I don't know that that's sustainable."

    Johnson County has seen an increase in natural gas revenues but Woolley said those numbers can vary year to year and should not be used for salaries.

    The county has no sales tax and depends on property taxes and fees for funding.

    It also has $21 million in a reserve fund.

    Al Roker Looks Back on 40 Years at NBC

    [NY-NATL] Al Roker Looks Back on 40 Years at NBC

    Today Show's Al Roker is celebrating 40 years at NBC, and he takes a moment with old pal Janice Huff to talk about his history with WNBC, the memorable storms they've covered and that infamous Doppler 4000 promo.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 14, 2018)

    “We’re known for being a financially sound and stable county,” Wooley said.