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Commissioners approve retroactive pay plan for county law enforcement

Wednesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a pay plan and medical benefit contribution guidelines for classified employees represented by the Yakima County Law Enforcement Officers Guild.

The pay plan and guidelines are effective from January 2003, and are the result of arbitration between the county and the guild.

When it comes to the medical benefit contributions, the guidelines passed by the commissioners note that effective Jan. 1, 2003 the county will pay 100 percent of the premium cost of the employee, employee and spouse and employee and children, and 78 percent of the premium cost for full family coverage based on the Premera Blue Cross High Plan premium rates.

As for the deputy sheriff's pay plan effective Jan. 1, 2003, a first year deputy sheriff will earn $35,484 a year up to $49,428 a year for a deputy who has been with the department for six years. A deputy sergeant would start at $55,032 and top out at $57,756.

Effective July 1, 2003, a first year deputy sheriff will earn $36,282 a year and top out at $50,540 a year after six years of service. A deputy sergeant would earn $56,270 a year and top out at $59,056.

Effective Jan. 1, 2004, a first year deputy sheriff will earn $37,081 a year and top out at $51,652 after six years of service. A deputy sergeant would start at $57,508 and top out at $60,355.

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