I am surprised that our newly elected Richmond County sheriff got a raise.
When he ran for office he knew what the salary was, and now after serving a whole month he wanted a raise. It really is not important what his educational level is or prior experience in law enforcement is. The bottom line is that he is a new sheriff and was being paid more than the state minimum for counties our size.
Normally people work at least a year doing an acceptable to superior job to get a raise. If he had just won re-election, the money he is asking for and his rationale would make sense, but not after one month when we have not had the time to evaluate performance.
As things now stand, getting more without producing is an affront to those who have had their jobs eliminated, duties expanded and, in general, felt the pinch of county budget manipulations.