The Washington County Sheriff and Supervisors have sat down to discuss their feelings on a couple of of recent jail staff raises. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says with a couple of recent retirements including the Jail Administrator three employees took on extra duties which led to raises. One ended up being promoted to the Jail Administrator position.
Dunbar told supervisors yesterday by dividing some of the responsibilities he’s been able to avoid hiring more staff which he says has come as a 65-thousand dollar savings to the county. Dunbar says part of those savings have come because the two retirees were two of his longest serving deputies.
Supervisors questioned if the amount of extra duties justified the level of raises given out. After yesterday’s discussion Supervisors Mangold and Davis said they were satisfied with the Sheriff’s explanation and all agreed better communication could have avoided much of the confrontation.