Henry County Supervisors approve pay increase for law enforcement, public safety personnel

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Henry County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a request for additional compensation for deputies and public safety personnel.

Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be used to provide a $2 per hour hazard pay supplement to law enforcement and public safety personnel between Jan. 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022.

The supplement results in an annualized salary increase of $4,160 for each deputy with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Based on current staffing levels, the estimated fiscal impact of the request would amount to $500,019 in the current year and at least an additional $1.2 million in future budgets.

By using the ARPA funds, the Board avoided using reserve funds outside of the normal budget development process.

While the funds can be used to cover the cost of the additional compensation in the current year, the funds cannot be used as a permanent part of increased employee compensation.

The additional revenue needed to cover these pay raises in the future will be equivalent to a 3.9 cent increase on the real estate tax.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry previously approached the Board during its September meeting to request additional compensation for deputies to help with recruitment and retention efforts.

After working with staff, a proposal was finalized to increase the starting pay for a new deputy to approximately $42,000 and then to award a 9.3 percent increase after one year of employment.

Perry also requested a 10 percent salary increase up to a maximum of $5,000 per year for deputies who have at least two years of service.

Following the pay increase, the starting salary for a deputy in Henry County will be $43,160, which is higher than most surrounding localities.

The approval of this request provides deputies with the seventh pay increase since 2017, including a $3,000 bonus that will be paid on Nov. 15.

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