GEORGETOWN, TX (KXAN) — Williamson County Commissioners have approved a new payroll for corrections officers and sheriff’s deputies, offering more attractive pay that they hope will retain employees and improve their quality of life.
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said county human resources administrators conducted surveys to find out about salaries at nearby law enforcement agencies.
Judge Gravell said the pay increase must remain competitive with those agencies – he said that even in the past month, the county has lost two deputies to the neighboring police department.
“I’m bringing back the color blue. I certainly expect our men and women to be held accountable. But you know what? They are risking their lives to protect us and they need to be paid fairly for this,” Gravell said.
Compared to the county payroll that went into effect in February 2022, that salary was $42,153 and is now $51,000—a difference of more than $8,800.
The February 2022 Sheriff’s Deputies Salary Chart lists a starting salary of $56,519.82, which has now jumped to $64,552, a difference of just over $8,000.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies Association provided input to the payroll process.
President Charles Duval has been in office for about 7 years – he says that during this time the rising cost of living in the county has stressed MPs.
“We are growing every day. You know, it wasn’t that big of a crisis two or three years ago, but now, with all the growth in Williamson County, it’s becoming a big crisis with our paychecks,” Duvall said.
For information on how to apply for a position with the sheriff’s office, visit the county’s website.