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OPSO Deputies To Get Pay Raise Starting Jan. 5, 2018

NEW ORLEANS - 1-2-2018

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) deputies will receive pay raises in 2018. The pay raises come from an additional $3 million being included in OPSO's 2018 budget to cover costs associated with the agency's consent judgment. The New Orleans City Council approved OPSO's budget Dec. 1, 2017.

Under the approved budget, sheriff's deputies' base pay will go up an additional $2,000 annually Jan. 5, 2018. Sheriff's deputies will receive another $1,500 annual pay increase starting July 1, 2018. The total $3,500 increases mean that a sheriff's deputy's base salary of $26,000 after six months will rise to $29,500 annually. Sheriff's deputies who qualify for state supplemental pay will receive an additional $6,000 annually, boosting their annual salaries to $35,500.

Sheriff's deputies are also expected to receive an additional $3,500 pay increase in January 2019. That anticipated increase means a sheriff's deputy who starts with the agency today and becomes Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified could earn $39,000 annually by the end of 2019.

In a joint statement, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Independent Compliance Director Gary Maynard said, "Raising the pay for the trained law enforcement professionals of the OPSO has been a primary goal for this office for years. It is also key to reaching the benchmarks outlined by the consent decree. These increases were hard fought and the decision of the New Orleans City Council and Mayor to support them will help better the security operations of the Orleans Parish jail facilities on a 24-hour-a-day basis. These pay increases will also help with staff retention and recruitment."

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