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City to provide $1.88M for pay raises to deputies at Orleans Jail

City to provide $1.88M for pay raises to deputies at Orleans Jail
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POSTED: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 3:34pm

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman today announced an agreement with the City of New Orleans to provide a new competitive pay scale for deputies who work in the jail, among other provisions.

"I'm pleased to report that the Court has approved a settlement agreement between the Sheriff's Office and the City of New Orleans to provide the Sheriff's Office with additional funding.

"Today, U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk signed off on the agreement in which the City of New Orleans agrees to provide the Sheriff's Office $1.88 million through the end of the year. With the increase in funding, the Sheriff's Office will be able to hire additional medical staff, to hire 42 additional jail security personnel, and to provide a livable wage to current jail security personnel, who now work a 12-hour shift.

"For deputies, their annual base pay will change from $21,000 annually to $27,000 annually. For corporals, the annual base pay will go from $27,000 annually to $31,500 annually. For sergeants, the annual base pay will change from $28,000 annually to $33,000 annually. For lieutenants, the annual base pay will go from $33,000 annually to $34,000 annually.

"I'm pleased to be able to compensate jail security personnel at a rate that is more competitive with other law enforcement agencies. With a more competitive pay scale, the Sheriff's Office is in a better position to retain quality workers and attract new ones to our agency."

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