September 2, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County sheriff's deputies and supervisors will be getting a raise under a ruling this month by an arbitrator.
The 3.1 percent pay raise for 414 members of the Washoe County Deputies Association and its supervisory group will cost the county about $1.3 million this year.
County officials say the pay increase is the equivalent of 13 deputy positions and could require cost cutting measures elsewhere in the budget, including possible layoffs.
Washoe County management pushed for a 3.4 percent pay cut for this fiscal year to save the county $1.3 million. The county this year eliminated 51 vacant employee positions and has reduced the county's overall staffing by 27 percent over the course of the recession.