Wichita County Commissioners continue to crunch numbers on next year’s budget before it’s set in September.
On Monday, Wichita County Sheriff David Duke went before commissioners to discuss his request he turned in about six weeks ago.
Duke said he’s asking for additional security for the courthouse annex and wants to put another deputy there after some employees there say they sometimes feel at risk.
The sheriff said the biggest part of his request is for pay raises for all jailers and deputies.
“Just looking for a better rate of pay for everybody so it helps offset everybody’s insurance,” Duke said. “Just across the board type pay raises just for cost of living because the county doesn’t give them out every year so we’re trying to catch up every time we turn around.”
Duke said he’s trying to keep staff in Wichita County instead of losing them to higher paying jobs elsewhere.
The sheriff said the raises would average about $3,000 with those who have been working longer getting larger raises than newer hires.
In the last budget, commissioners suggested the sheriff lay off three staff members and reassign two deputies to the jail.
Duke worked to find other cuts instead of those suggestions.