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Pay raises for deputies approved by Hall County commissioners
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners, pictured on Jan. 22, 2018, approved pay increases for Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies on Jan. 25, 2018. - photo by Scott Rogers

Pay raises for Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies was quickly approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.

As part of the consent agenda, the $377,000 in raises for the rest of the fiscal year — jumping to about $755,000 each year after June — were approved with a voice vote at the beginning of the meeting.

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch met with commissioners and county administration over a period of weeks to negotiate the pay increases. Those negotiations picked up after word that officers for both state law enforcement and the Gainesville Police Department likely would be getting raises this year.

Meanwhile, Hall County still has more than 50 vacancies at the Sheriff’s Office, which also operates the jail.

Beginning in early February, officers up to the rank of captain will get a 2.5 percent raise, and those working the night shift will get a $1 per hour bonus on top of their regular pay. Commissioners approved a 2.5 percent cost of living raise for the Sheriff’s Office in October, bringing the total raise in February to 5 percent this fiscal year.

With the raise, the base pay at the Sheriff’s Office will start at close to $40,000.