Â After two years of negotiations, the SLO County Board of Supervisors and the Deputy Sheriffâ€™s Association have reached an agreement for a new contract. The new deal allows sheriffâ€™s deputies to retire after thirty years service with an annual retirement income of $66,000. The contract applies to about 260 non-managerial sheriffâ€™s positions. The supervisors also approved a 4.9 percent pay raise for sheriffâ€™s department managers.
Â â€œItâ€™s been a long and tedious process,â€? says Darren Murphy, President of the Deputy Sheriffâ€™s Association. â€œI think it wore everyone down on both sides.â€? Murphy notes that the contract garnered â€œoverwhelmingâ€? support from union members. It will be in place four years, and will begin to be renegotiated six months prior to its conclusion.
Â A few notable aspects of the new contract:
Â· Annual wage increases in 2007-2009 based on increases in Santa Barbara, Marin, Napa, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
Â· Officers designated by the Sheriff to perform bomb-handling duties shall receive a monthly stipend of $100 a month to compensate for the unusual time and other demands placed upon him/her.
Â· Members of the Dive Team shall receive a monthly stipend of $50 a month to compensate for the unusual demands placed upon them.
Â· A $3,000 sign-on bonus for new bilingual hires.
Â· An increase in the number of vacation hours employees may accrue from 280 to 320.