Terrebonne sheriff’s employees get raises

HOUMA (AP) — The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office has given raises to all staff members.
The sheriff, who makes about $150,000, said he did not take a raise.
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says he gave a $200 per month raise to everybody in his office.
The raises went into effect Jan. 1 for about 300 employees.
The raises won’t cost taxpayers any money.
The sheriff’s office will receive a larger cut of city tax dollars this year, which will allow for the extra cash. The office gets a portion of the property tax money because it collects the taxes.
The Parish Council agreed Monday to give Larpenter’s office 6 percent of the city’s property taxes, which totals about $243,307.
It had received only 4.5 percent since the 1980s.
Staff members haven’t received an across the board raise since Larpenter’s first stint as sheriff, which ended in 2008.
The staff has done a great job, Larpenter said.
“They’re doing a great job. ... It’s across the board and I think all of my employees deserve a raise, and I’m happy to give it to them,” he said.
Larpenter hopes the raises increase staff morale and the department’s retention rate.

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