Salaries go up for first-year Garfield County deputies |

Salaries go up for first-year Garfield County deputies

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Garfield County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution that will give new deputies who sign on with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office a little relief from the tax man.

The Sheriff’s Office has been giving the $2,000 bonus to new recruits since the beginning of April, but taxes gobbled more than one-fourth of the bonus, said Sheriff Lou Vallario.

In response, Vallario consulted with the county’s finance department to come up with a resolution to the county’s compensation plan that will bump up the first-year salary of a new deputy so he or she will get the full $2,000 they were promised. The commissioners approved the resolution on a unanimous vote.

Funding for the recruitment bonuses comes from a grant to the Sheriff’s Office, Vallario said. The bonuses help to pay for things that the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t cover when new deputies are hired, or it can be used to help pay for a security deposit.

Vallario said the bonus has been very positive, since many have showed an interest and have applied with his office.

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