The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is requesting that the General Assembly and governor address the salary disparity that exists in sheriffs’ offices across the Commonwealth.
They say in localities that do not supplement local sheriffs’ salaries, a starting deputy sheriff with a family of four and two children qualifies for food stamps.
The starting annual salary of a deputy sheriff is $31,009, or $2,584.08 per month. The qualifying salary of federal assistance is $2,628.00 if the deputy is married and has two dependent children.
In a statement on the VSA website, the association pointed out that Sheriffs’ offices are the primary law enforcement agencies in 86 counties in Virginia, making over 63,000 part A and part B arrests annually and answering nearly 2 million calls for service. They are also absorbing additional responsibilities each year with the overwhelming responsibility of mental health transports.