The Sullivan County Council voted this week to approve a request by Sheriff Clark Cottom to increase the salaries of sheriff’s deputies.
Cottom says that over the past decade, those salaries — $37,500 — have fallen well below surrounding counties and departments of comparable size.
He says Sullivan County has lost multiple officers in recent years to the Indiana State Police and neighboring Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.
The council approved an additional $10,000 annually for each deputy, bringing their starting base salary to $47,500.
The Sheriff had also requested a 10% raise for civilian staff, including dispatchers and jailers.
They were approved for a 5% raise, with further consideration later.