Sheriff wants OK to raise wages to keep employees

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana sheriff beset by high employee turnover wants local officials to lift a pay freeze so he can keep workers and avoid cutting services.

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers says low wages in his department have prompted employees to leave for jobs at factories, fast food restaurants and other law enforcement departments. He blames a 2008 decision to freeze raises that made his department’s wages among the lowest in the region.

The Elkhart Truth reports the county council has approved raises for corrections officers and patrol officers. Rogers is still crafting a pay structure before requesting raises for senior employees and other positions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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