EXCLUSIVEMacon Co. Sheriff's Office Employees Demand Higher Wages
Frustrated men and woman in uniform met today in front of the Macon County Courthouse to protest low wages. Those who work for the Macon County Sheriff's Office say they can't live off of what they're making so they're demanding more money.
They're trusted to keep the residents of Macon County safe but those who work for the Sheriff's Office say they're barely making it paycheck to paycheck.
This is a Macon County Sheriff's Deputy's check. It's 594 dollars...for two weeks of work...at 40 hours per week. Howard Ray has been with the Macon County Sheriff's Office since 1991. He says although the cost of living has gone up, his pay has not.
We did speak with the current sheriff, David Warren, by phone who says he's been working for years to get a pay raise for the Sheriff's Office employees. He says once Victoryland was shut down, it really hurt the county's finances and says tells us he's had two of his own payroll checks bounce.
The County Commission sets the budget so any increase in pay for the sheriff's sffice employees would have to be approved by them. We called Louis Maxwell, who's the Chairman of the Macon County Commission but our calls went unanswered.