MACCLENNY, Fla. – Baker County Sheriff Scotty Rhoden has presented his first budget request for the coming fiscal year to county commissioners, which includes funding for seven new employees.
Two dispatchers, four deputies and a narcotics detective are among the requests, along with a higher starting pay for deputies and detectives and 3 percent raises for dispatchers.
Right now, dispatchers in Baker County make $27,428 a year. A 3 percent raise would increase that to $28,251 a year.
Baker deputies and detectives are currently making $32,040. Rhoden would like their pay to go up to $34,500.
The presentation was the beginning phase of budget meetings.
The Sheriff’s Office will know by Sept. 5 if its budget is approved, partially approved or completely denied.
For perspective, a starting deputy with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office makes $36,240 and goes up to $54,696 after six years on the force.