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Supervisors approve pay raise for officers

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its Aug. 2 meeting to provide additional appropriations to Gloucester Sheriff’s Office for the state compression-based pay raise that was approved by the 2022 General Assembly.

The salary increase is for all sworn deputies and jail officers, while raising the minimum salary for those positions to $42,000 and provides $100 per noninterrupted year of service for officers with at least three years of tenure. The total increase in funding is $88,976. Of that amount, $54,078 is in state shared expenses and $34,829 is from unassigned fund balance.

The salary increase is phase one of the county’s attempt to raise deputy salaries to competitive levels, said County Administrator Carol Steele. Sheriff Darrell Warren Jr. said Gloucester’s starting salaries of his office are lower than neighboring areas, which has impacted recruitment and retention.

Warren said Gloucester isn’t seeing the number of applicants that it used to. He po...

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