County Lawmakers Approve New Contract For Sheriff's Deputies
The Cortland County Legislature has approved a new contract with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Deputies; the five year deal features a slight increase wages for deputies, the agreement calls for the deputies to pick up a larger share of their health insurance expenses.
In an 18-1 vote with Republican Legislator John Natoli abstaining, lawmakers approved the new contract.
County Personnel Director Annette Barber says the contract runs from 2012 to 2016; the deputies had been working without a contract since the end of 2011 when the last agreement expired. Barber says both sides had declared an impasse after negotiations had failed and were headed toward binding arbitration when a final deal was reached.
Barber says the agreement calls for deputies to receive no retroactive pay raise for 2012, and 1.5% pay raise for each year going forward. The increased salaries will cost county taxpayers over a half million dollars over the life of the contract.
In the last contract deputies saw 4% pay raises each year, Barber says this contract is more consistent with other union contracts negotiated recently.
In addition to paying more for their health benefits, the new contract calls for an increase in uniform and equipment allowances.
The contract has already been ratified by the deputies.