From The Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — Employees of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received some good news on Thursday, July 9 when the Jefferson County Commission approved hazardous duty pay for those who remained working through the COVID-19 mandatory quarantine.
Deputies, control room operators and support personnel will receive an additional $50 per day worked during the pandemic. In total, 303 deputies, 62 sergeants, 58 control room operators and 143 administrative and support staffers will benefit, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
“Our staff has done an outstanding job from the beginning of this pandemic,” said Sheriff Mark Pettway. “At times, we have had to cancel their off days and require them to work 12-hour shifts. Even with all they have faced, our staff has really performed well.”
Officials say the hazard pay will be retroactive from March 1, 2020 and is currently approved through April 30, 2020. Deputies, sergeants and control room operators will continue to receive the incentive through Sept. 30, 2020.
The money for this initiative was made possible by funds received and distributed in accordance with the CARES Act.