A new senate bill that aims to increase salaries at sheriff’s offices in Missouri is seeing growing support.
Senator Bill White introduced the bill last month which will, if passed, add a new revenue stream for a salary supplementation fund for small sheriff’s offices in the state.
Mike Hall has been the McDonald County Sheriff for seven years and the entire time, he has been able to supplement his deputies salaries with grant funding from the state.
For the 2018 fiscal year, he received $86,000.
“Otherwise our base salary is $25,000, so it ups that up to $28,000 to $30,000,” he said.
Any time a sheriff’s deputy in Missouri has to serve a summons or other court order, $10 goes into the Deputy Salary Supplementation Fund. Those funds are then used as grants for smaller sheriff’s offices like McDonald County that don’t get enough county revenue to pay their deputies $30,000.
But that money only goes into the fund if an officer serves the papers.
Senate Bill 123 aims to extend the rule so that if a different county official serves the documents, $10 is still put into the fund — something Sheriff Hall wants to see pass.
“It’s gonna help supplement the fund, and where we can keep paying the deputies a supplemental and be able to add that because the base for us is just so low right now, even with the cities that are in the county, they’re paying more than I can pay for my road deputies,” the sheriff said.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office won’t be directly impacted by the bill if it passes, but they hope it does pass because it will impact so many other offices in the state.
“The main problem that’s been is the funds have been going out, but not enough’s going back into it to keep that going for the years ahead. So, this is an effort to make sure it will be going into the future,” said Tim Williams, with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.
The bill has passed the senate judiciary committee and is waiting for more action on the senate floor.
Last year, the fund paid out 3.9 million dollars in grants, but only brought in 2.7 million from collections.
By Zachary Dodge | KOAM News