WAUKESHA - The
County Board Human Resources Committee on Tuesday recommended
approval of salary adjustments for the Sheriff’s Department
lieutenant and captain positions.
detectives are now hesitant to seek promotions to lieutenant
because they lose their ability to earn more than the front-line
command staff through overtime pay, Human Resources Director Jim
the salary disincentive, the committee unanimously approved a
1.5 percent salary increase for a detective who recently was
promoted to lieutenant. Non-command staff is protected under a
union contract that reimburses them for overtime and allows them
seniority rights when choosing the shift they want to work,
Sheriff’s Inspector Eric Severson said after the meeting.
adjustment is meant to eliminate the pay gap and make applying
for command staff positions more fiscally attractive, Severson
If a deputy is
promoted to lieutenant, an 8 percent salary adjustment will be
applied to that employee’s current salary, according to the
A related but
separate policy change will, if approved by the County Board,
become effective Dec. 28. A one-time 7 percent salary adjustment
will be applied to the pay of incumbent lieutenants, and a
one-time adjustment of 4 percent will be applied to incumbent
captains promoted in 2012 or later, according to the ordinance.
the department has seven lieutenants and 12 captains. Promotions
to captains and lieutenants are expected next year.
he wants the salary adjustments in place to attract a larger
pool of applicants. The last command staff opening only received
eight applications, he said.
On average, a
veteran lieutenant makes about $79,000 annually and a veteran
captain earns about $90,500.