Baylor County is looking for a new sheriff.
After just 6 months in office, the county judge said David Biggerstaff turned in his resignation Monday morning because his request for a higher wage was denied.
Former Baylor County Sheriff Bob Elliott said the fight for more money is a battle he fought for 16 years.
In a statement from Baylor County Judge Rusty Stafford, “Biggerstaff requested a salary increase, and the commissioners court cannot amend the current budget to increase or decrease an elected officials salary, during the term of this fiscal year.”
“It’s been an ongoing battle with commissioners court here in the 16 years I was in office concerning wages, not only just for the sheriff but for employees,” said Elliott.
According to the Texas Association of Counties, the salary of the Baylor County sheriff ranks last for counties with a population of 5000 or less.
The survey shows, the salary for the sheriff in Baylor County is just over $26,000, $4000 less than the county above them in the ranking.
“No medical benefits, nothing, just a meager retirement,” Elliott said. “The deputies and the dispatchers are certainly poverty level wages.”
Some Baylor County residents who wished to remain anonymous, said they believed he resigned for other reasons and him stepping down didn’t come as a surprise.
“Just becuase of the negative rumors in town and his negative actions that have been floating around,” a Baylor County resident said.
Elliott said he’s unaware of any other issues with Biggerstaff, but he knows county commissioners need to make a change.
“So, something needs to be addressed if they plan on getting a sheriff in here that will stay and do a good job and will be good to the people,” Elliott said.
Judge Stafford said they are looking into procedures for interim appointment by the commissioners court and he thanks Biggerstaff for his service to Baylor County.
Stafford said they will be accepting applications to fill the position, until a new sheriff can be elected next year.