Citizens for Better Government
Blount County Tennessee
Where is the concern for the low paid deputies?
While the Sheriff was publicly wringing his hands about the low pay of some of his deputies, some of his other employees were doing very well with his help. The table, below, shows the base salary and the actual pay of Sheriff’s department employees who made more than 15% above their base pay.
In many cases, these extraordinary earnings were helped by special payments, passed around to a select few by the Sheriff. None of the deputies struggling to get by on $24,000, to whom the Sheriff gives so much lip service, made this list.
For example, in February, special payments of $1500 each, were made to Waters, Frazier, Henderson, Sparks, Wilson, Shudan, Seratt and Stiles.
In March, $1500 went to Talbott, $1250 went to Nease, and $1000 payments went to Widener, Orr, Shaffer, McKinnis and Seratt.
In June, the Sheriff’s top management took care of themselves, with $3000 payments going to Assistant Deputy Chiefs Garner and Long, who grossed more than $72,000 last year, Assistant Deputy Chief French, who grossed more than $69,000, and Deputy Chief Dunn who grossed more than $82,000.
These are just examples, the practice continues.
Where was all the concern for the low paid deputies, while all this is going on?
Sheriff employees making 15% or more over their base salary