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Elkhart County Corrections Officer Brandon Shepherd talks on the phone in the intake area of the jail as he works Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Starting pay for corrections officers at Elkhart County Community Corrections was recently raised to the same rate as officers at the jail. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Elkhart County Community Corrections officers get pay bump

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

Bigger paychecks are on the way for some employees of Elkhart County Community Corrections.

The Elkhart County Council Saturday, June 14, approved a starting pay increase for work release correctional officers from $12 to $13.37 an hour, with a 3 percent pay increase after six months and another 3 percent increase after one year. 

The council in April approved the same pay raise for corrections officers at the county jail after Sheriff Brad Rogers expressed concern that an unprecedented number of employees are leaving for better paying jobs.

The council Saturday also approved an $18,250 grant for the Sheriff’s Teen Alcohol Reduction (S.T.A.R.) program for overtime pay. Later that night, the S.T.A.R. team arrested 60 people under the age of 21 for illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage at the old American Countryside Farmer’s Market on C.R. 26.