Richardson County commissioners approve pay raises for jailers

FALLS CITY – Richardson County commissioners approved pay raises Tuesday for jail staff.

Deputy Roland Merwin presented commissioners with wage comparisons saying Richardson County’s pay for jailers is below $18 to $19 paid in Gage County and $20 an hour paid in Otoe County.

Board Chairman Dave Sickel suggested a starting wage of over $16 with performance evaluation raises up to the $17.5.

Commissioners said a $10,000 hiring bonus is in effect for the sheriff’s office as long as it is needed.

Sickel said he expects the next budget to have 2 percent raises for deputies, as well as all county employees.