- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Deputies at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department are getting a pay raise.

County supervisors this month approved new hourly pay for 19 full-time deputies and 11 part-time deputies. The department says the new rate puts everyone at $17 per hour, which becomes the new minimum for all deputies hired.

Sheriff Mike Ezell tells WLOX-TV (https://bit.ly/1Pswmeq ) that the new rate is comparable to other law enforcement agencies in the region.

Ezell says $116,000 will be moved from the department’s fuel budget to the personal services budget to pay for the raises. The department is also getting rid of more than 60 police cars, reducing gas and implementing more selective hiring.

The Jackson County School District also gave a $120,000 reimbursement for school resource officers that will go toward the raises.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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