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Have New Hanover County deputies/detention officers doubled their salaries through overtime at the jail?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. I recently heard that some New Hanover County deputies/detention officers have almost doubled their base salaries through overtime at the NHC jail. Is that accurate and, if so, is a personnel shortage to blame?

A. “After research, I have been unable to find any deputies/detention officers who have doubled their base salary through overtime at the New Hanover County Jail,” sheriff’s office Lt. Travis C. Robinson said in an email response to the question.

There have been some personnel shifts within the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in recent months, said Robinson, who recently became assistant division commander of the Detention Division.

“Our paid overtime to date for this fiscal year (FY11-12) is greater than the same time period for last fiscal year (FY10-11) – $202,708.70 vs. $182,848.48,” Robinson said. “We attribute this increase to state mandated training for Detention Officers, and BLET training for Detention Officers transitioning to Deputy Sheriff positions. Additionally, with the increase in our average daily jail population, it has become necessary to place additional officers in each pod for safety and security.”

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