Johnson County approves 14% pay bump for sheriff’s deputies

OLATHE, Kan. – Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies are on the line to pick up.

On Thursday, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) voted to approve increasing the starting pay of sheriff’s deputies.

The sheriff’s department will now use a step pay plan for sworn civil service staff including deputies, deputy masters, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, majors, bureau chiefs and colonels.

This scale places starting pay for deputies at $27.50 an hour. That rate represents a slight increase from the proposal was presented to the board earlier this month.

Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden has reported more than 60 vacancies in the department this year alone.

To bolster recruitment efforts, temporary new hires will start at the second step of the pay scale. Starting deputy salaries will increase to $28.50 an hour until the department’s vacancies drop below 14 deputy positions.

“Fourteen is the average number of vacancies in deputies for 2021,” said Deputy County Manager Maury Thompson.

In the new plan, the current deputies will also be bumped up to $28.50 an hour pay range, representing roughly a 14% salary increase from the current wage. After the pay scale projections, most positions will see an annual salary increase of around four percent.

Thompson said by approving the salary increase other incentives approved by the board will be eliminated including:

  • $195,000 for wage compression adjustments in 2022.
  • $300,000 in hiring bonuses for 2022 and 2023
  • $1.5 million in retention bonuses for 2023
  • $780,378 for the 2023 range movement adjustment at 2%
  • $780,378 for 2023 compression adjustments at 2%

Deputy will still accept retention bonus for 2022. The new salary table and related salary increases will cost approximately $3,195,533 for the remainder of 2022, and approximately $13,249,020 in 2023. Funding for the salary increases in 2022 and 2023 will be paid for by the Countywide Support Fund (CSF).

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