Taylor Co. Sheriff's deputies forming association, hope to increase pay

ABILENE, Texas - Taylor County Sheriff's deputies are forming an association to address pay and get more involved in the community.

Interested deputies met for the third time tonight at the Civic Plaza hotel on Pine Street.

Sgt. Craig Griffis, who will serve as the association's president, said a request to form an association has been filed with the state secretary's office. He said he has received a verbal "yes," but is waiting on paperwork.

Members aim to get more involved in the community and increase deputy pay. Taylor County deputies are some of the lowest paid officers in the entire state.

During budget hearings with county commissioners Wednesday afternoon, Bishop said the issue of pay is out of his hands. All raises for county employees must first go through a pay committee, meaning deputies and corrections officers would have to wait another year before salaries would go up.

"We support the way the sheriff is going about it, it's kind of frustrating the sheriff has kind of been put in a box where he's not been able to do the things he's been wanting to do," Griffis said. "As [president of] the association, what I would suggest, [is] that the public pick up the phone and call their commissioner and let them know how they feel about it. I think the public supports us having a pay raise and I would look forward to them calling their commissioner and the county judge and letting them know that.

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