Mar 5, 2024 - News

Denver sheriff's deputies will get pay raises with new contract

A uniformed law enforcement officer in a black uniform speaks in the foreground, while a large, blue and white badge is blurry in the background.

Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins at the Denver County Jail in January. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Denver sheriff's deputies will get two raises this year and two more in 2025 under a new contract approved Monday.

Why it matters: The new agreement with the officers' union could improve the sheriff's ability to hire and recruit deputies at a time when the agency is struggling to fill its ranks.

  • Deputies are primarily responsible for supervising city jails.

The big picture: The raises represent the most "significant" pay increases for the agency in the past 30 years, Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins tells us.

  • The contract "makes us more competitive," he added.

State of play: The Denver City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve the agreement with Denver Sheriff Lodge 27 of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing local deputies.

  • The contract begins retroactively on Jan. 1 and will last until 2025.
  • The union on Monday did not respond to a request for comment from Axios.

By the numbers: Starting pay for a deputy ($65,625) would jump 3% ($67,593.75) until July 1, when another 4% increase takes effect ($70,297.50).

  • Two more staggered raises will follow in 2025.

What's inside: The new contract has several other new stipulations, including:

  • Setting minimum overtime rate pay at 1.5 times regular pay.
  • Allowing up to four weeks of paid parental leave starting in 2025.
  • Recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday.

Between the lines: Deputies' weapons allowance will also increase from $650 to $1,000.

  • Diggins tells us additional this one-time increase covers rising firearm costs for on-duty guns used by deputies.

Go deeper: Denver Sheriff Department's plan to expand authority hits snag

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