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Robertson sheriff seeks money to pay deputies more

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Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt

Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt says pay raises are the best way to keep deputies from leaving his county.

Nearly 70 percent of Robertson County Sheriff's employees are still working at their starting salary, even 10 and 12-year veterans of the force.

Holt said a lack of regular pay increases have made it hard to keep deputies.

The sheriff is working with the County Commission to develop a program that would provide pay raises for employees who reach certain milestones.

"You've got all these non-experienced people at the bottom, so you have to depend on the more experienced people," said Holt. "That's the ones we're trying to keep here in order to train the younger people."

Hold said the sheriff's office spends about $500,000 a year on background checks, training and to hire new personnel.

Holt's proposal costs about $190,000. The county budget committee has yet to rule on the proposal.

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