Master police officers, sergeants and lieutenants would see their pay increase between 1 percent and 13 percent, depending on their years of service. Salaries for the county’s 321 master police officers would range from $46,928 to $58,660.
About 130 employees below the rank of master police officer wouldn’t receive raises. DeKalb pays early-career police officers $40,270 on average — lower than Atlanta and Fulton County but higher than Cobb and Gwinnett counties
Raises for firefighters range from 4 percent to 17 percent, and 141 master firefighters would be promoted to the new rank of driver/operator and command technician, which comes with a 5 percent raise. Their salaries would range from $44,535 to $53,668.
Among 911 employees, shift supervisors’ salaries would go up by more than 18 percent. Other 911 staff would receive raises between 3 percent and 10 percent.
Thurmond plans additional improvements for public safety employees’ pay and benefits over the next three years. Those changes could include shift differential incentives, hazard duty pay and yearly pay increases.
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners received Thurmond's $1.27 billion budget recommendation Monday and plans to vote on it July 11.
Read The Public Safety Pay Proposal