BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Butler County sheriff deputies say they deserve to be paid as much as road workers and custodians in the county.
In a letter they sent to the county commissioner, the deputies say they make about $9,000 less than other workers.
Sheriff Mark Dobbs said he stands behind his deputies. He said they aren't asking to be paid more, they just want it to be even.
Sheriff Dobbs said they lose quality deputies all the time because another agency will pay more.
"I don't think its any unfair or unjust for what these deputy sheriffs are asking for," he said. "They aren't asking for more than anyone else. They are just asking for the same."
So what does county commissioner Ed Strenfel think of this?
He said he agrees that the deputies should be paid more.
Strenfel looked into their request and estimates it would cost about $100,000 to meet their demands. Right now, his approach is the county must take a look at the entire $23 million budget before acting.
"We will take it under advisement," Strenfel said. "We will discuss it and if we have the funds will try to do that but the three of us have to look it over and come to an agreement on it."