CoCo Supes Approve Contract that Provides Annual Pay Raises for Sheriff’s Personnel

March 30, 2016 8:00 am · 18 comments

Contra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval to a new labor contract with the county sheriff’s office after an agreement was reached with an unprecedented haste.

The contract boosts wages for Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office personnel by 5 percent each July for the next three years, with certain employees receiving an extra 2.5 percent pay boost in 2017, according to county staff.

“Obviously it’s not as much as we’d like to be able to do, but all things considered, this is a good contract,” Supervisor Karen Mitchoff said.

The agreement, which was originally reached on March 11, was ratified on March 22 with near-unanimous support by the unions representing sheriff’s office personnel.

Sgt. Shawn Welch, president of the Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, said this is the first time such a contract has been ratified prior to the last contract expiring.

He thanked the supervisors for their quick action on coming to an agreement, given severe problems of recruitment and retention at the sheriff’s office.

“I hope the next time we sit down and talk it goes the same way…so we don’t fall back in this hole,” Welch told supervisors.

During a November Board of Supervisors meeting, sheriff’s officials reported that about a third of recruits hired since May 2010 have left for other agencies, most within a year or two.

The deputies are often pursuing higher paying work at agencies such as BART, or city police departments such as Richmond and Antioch, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s officials also highlighted trouble getting new recruits to apply for positions, explaining that applications have decreased 40 percent since the peak in 2012.

Supervisor Candace Andersen said she’s hopeful that the new contract serves as a “tool for recruiting the quality personnel needed to keep our county safe.”

According to county staff, the wage increases are expected to cost $24.3 million, including $8.7 million in pension payments, by fiscal year 2018/19.

“This was a necessary step,” Mitchoff said.

Thanks March 30, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Money well spent.

G March 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Good for them. Make their pay closer to a city cops

Julio March 30, 2016 at 9:28 AM

We always give away the farm in an election year. This was to be expected.

Anonymous March 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Sounds about right to me.

primo March 30, 2016 at 9:45 AM

ok-I give up
who are the “certain employees ” ?????????????

About time... March 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Before anyone chimes in “negative”..look at the numbers. Giving a 5% pay raise (using current salaries which are at the bottom of the list) per year..for the next three years…and factor the Cost of Living aspects…in three years, the Deputies will be a bit better than today, but STILL at the bottom of the list compared to the average police agency in this area.

Stil, again, it’s way overdue. With all the “anti-cop” crap coming from the political Left…you couldn’t pay me all the tea in China to wear a badge and gun today.

Pops March 30, 2016 at 10:23 AM

It’s longevity pay for employees that have a good number of years on the department. Likely 15-20.

ConcordDad March 30, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Folks on claycord are always the first to bash Unions on raises. Why is there no complaining of the constant raising of costs from corporations? Every time I turn around now something goes up. People getting these raises are hardly keeping up with the cost of living no less getting ahead. People complained when the BART employees to 3% a year, Cops got 5% a year etc. Both these agencies took cuts the previous years so it’s still like getting nothing. Why is there no outrage with the cost of things? Cable is out of control, Water Bills keep going up, Electricity keeps going up. Even little things that add up like driving by the Round Table on Port Chicago the other day the dinner deal used to be 7.99 now it went up to 8.99 over night. Can’t anything go up just a little anymore. Look at the price to live in working class Concord anymore. A basic house is 500k and up now. These trickle down economics haven’t worked all we see is increases in Billionaires every year and the working class fighting each other to make it happen. I’m sorry there’s nobody in the Concord area in the 1%. So continue to gripe and moan about the horrible unions and the peoples wages and allow the corporations and it’s CEO’s to enjoy your hard work for them.

Applestacker March 30, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Need a like button for ConcordDad’s comment…..Your spot on!!!

Well Folks March 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Spot on ConcordDad.

Just me March 30, 2016 at 1:37 PM

I personally would not believe a word that comes out off Ms. Mitchoff’s mouth! Remember she was one of the Board of Supervisors that vote themselves a 33% raise. She needs to go!

Jealous March 30, 2016 at 1:52 PM

My union definitely has the wrong people doing the negotiating.

@just me March 30, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Four of the five Supervisors voted for their raise. Then they backed off. It was a mistake and they admitted it, so calm down.

hmmmm? March 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM

What percentage of the private sector gets similar raises?
As many paid holidays?
Time and a half, double pay, and so on……………………………………..
Retirement packages?

I didn’t think so.

Atticus Thraxx March 30, 2016 at 4:49 PM

They can spend the extra money on haircuts and firearms training.

Cautiously Informed March 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Very well stated. You are absolutely right. Don’t forget about how much more everything is costing, and how the size and amount of what we pay for keeps shrinking.

Besides, a big part of those inflationary price increases is needed for the payoffs and brides payed to the politicians.

Mom-in-Concord March 30, 2016 at 10:21 PM

Regarding Hmmmm. Every time one of these news stories about a raise for public employees hits, there are always folks who take the side of, “If I can’t have it, neither can anyone else.” Instead of complaining that you don’t get the same benefits, why don’t you ask yourself why your employer doesn’t give you these benefits? Too poor or too cheap? I’m guessing “too cheap.”

I am not pro or against unions. It just bugs me when folks take the position that if I don’t have it, neither should you. It’s kind of like saying that it isn’t fair that the folks at Google get to ride in a big fancy bus and get stock options. Why don’t we comment on this, instead of on the meagre raises we give to public employees?

Please remember, like a public employee or a Google employee, you choose to work where you work. No one is forcing you. So, if you are jealous of the raises and benefits another person gets, public or private, go find a job with a union or find a different employer. Or, ask your employer why he or she doesn’t value you enough to give you decent medical, paid holidays and retirement.

primo March 31, 2016 at 8:54 AM

thank you

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