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Census drop may not cut sheriff’s salary

Published 12:02am Friday, December 14, 2012

NATCHEZ — Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield’s pay rate may be unaffected by the 2010 census drop.

County attorney Scott Slover said upon reading the laws regarding sheriff’s pay rates, the law contains what may be consider a “floor” for pay rates, but that he’s still checking to confirm with the Mississippi Attorney General’s office.

Pay rates for Mississippi’s county sheriffs are set based on eight pay levels, each tied to a different population range as determined by the federal census.

Slover noticed on Thursday, however, that the Mississippi Code contains a line that indicates sheriffs should never be paid less than the level determined by the 1980 census numbers.

If that’s the case, Mayfield — and other future sheriffs — is in luck, because the 1980 census showed Adams County’s highest population in more than 100 years at 38,035.

The 2010 census showed a population — including incarcerated prisoners — of 32,297, or approximately 15 percent less than the 1980 population.

If the attorney general’s office confirms the language of the “floor,” Mayfield’s base salary would remain at $72,000 per year. If not confirmed, the census level range would drop his salary to $62,400.

In addition to his base pay, since 2007 Adams County sheriffs earn an additional $10,000 supplement each year, to bring his total annual compensation to $82,000.

 

  • Anonymous

    I SEE THAT BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE, YOU ARE SOME HAPPY. KEEP US UPDATED ON CHUCK’S SALARY. NOW WHEN THE POLICE CHIEF ARTICLE APPEAL IN THE N.D. ABOUT SALARY, I WANT TO SEE YOU IN THAT SAME SEAT WITH THAT SAME SMILE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.starland Becky Starland

    There is a “caps lock” key to the left of your keyboard, how about pressing it, then typing. If you graduated HIGH SCHOOL you would know this. And please do us all a favor and use correct grammer. Secondly, be a man and stop using a “fake” screen name, don’t be afraid to show yourself and speak out instead of hiding behind your screen name..

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I feel that the Sheriff and his department are doing a great job and that the Sheriff should never have a reduction in pay but a pay raise!! This man has put more in jail for crimes but the judges are letting them out as quick as he puts them behind bars!!