Daily Sun photo/Bob Belcher Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner, right, speaks to Navarro County Commissioners during a budget workshop Tuesday at the courthouse.
With Tanner are Chief Deputy Morris Steward, center, and Capt. Brett Latta, at left.
The statement was signed by Hudson, District Judge James Lagomarsino, Court-At-Law Judge Amanda Putman, Sheriff Elmer Tanner, District Attorney Lowell Thompson, District Clerk Josh Tackett, Justices of the Peace Vicki Gray, Kirby Hill, Jackie Freeland and Connie Hickman, County Clerk Sherry Dowd, Elections Administrator Danda Parker and Planning and Development Director Phillip Seely.
, in his
presentation to commissioners Tuesday afternoon, said he
is losing officers to surrounding agencies due to the county's salary structure, and asked commissioners to increase the salary for starting officers by 10 percent over current budgeted levels.
"We are expending large sums of money to be a training facility for these other agencies," Tanner
told commissioners, citing the loss of several officers to other agencies due to the county pay structure.
shared with commissioners the results of a study of the starting salaries of several local law enforcement agencies - all with starting salaries above what Navarro County offers.
According to Tanner's figures, the Ennis Police Department's
starting officer salary is $41,849; Corsicana Police, $41,338; Waxahachie Police, $39,000; Navarro College Police, $39,000; Corsicana ISD, $35 to $40,000; and Texas DPS, $47,000.
"We start at $36,000," he
said the county spends significant amounts of money testing and training potential law enforcement applicants.
"Once they come on board, there are other expenses," he
added, including uniforms and additional training, only to be lost to other agencies that offer more pay.
"We're at the point in time where we're going to have to compete," Tanner
didn't expect to pay more than the other agencies, but did ask "to have a level playing field."
The sheriff also pointed to a 50 percent increase in citation revenue his
department has generated in the first six months of 2013 over year-ago figures as a sign of increased efficiency within the department, adding it was accomplished despite being down by three to five officers during the period.
was the first office holder to make a formal presentation to commissioners.