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Contract with deputies inked

YAKIMA – Yakima County Commissioners Kevin Bouchey, Rand Elliott and Mike Leita have approved a new contract with the law enforcement officers serving Yakima County residents.

The contract covers all sheriff’s deputies, including the dive team and K-9 units.

Included are wage increases dating back to 2013. Deputies will receive a 1 percent increase in salary for that year and another 2 percent wage increase for 2014. As of Jan. 1, 2015 another 2 percent wage increase is included in the contract. Deputies on July 1, 2015 will get a 1.5 percent wage bump, as well.

For those working for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office six years or more there is a 1.5 percent increase in base pay. For deputies working for the department for 11 years or more there is a 2.75 percent bump in pay. A 4 percent pay increase will be provided to those working their 16th through 20th years, and another 5.5 percent bump can be expected in the 21st year of service to the sheriff’s office. Anyone working for the sheriff 25 years or more can expect a 6.75 percent wage increase.

The contract will expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

The commissioners approved the contract unanimously.

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