• SC county OKs raise for detention officers

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    PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - Detention officers in one South Carolina county are getting a raise in an effort to staff a new jail.

    The Greenville News reports the Pickens County Council on Thursday approved paying most new and existing detention officers $5,573 more a year. The raises will cost an additional $333,048 annually.

    The salary boost is aimed at helping to hire an additional 19 detention officers or corporals.

    The lowest starting salary would go from $31,849 to $37,423. Two other tiers will get nearly identical raises. The highest tier, which includes five detention corporals, will get a smaller raise - from $41,138 to $42,996.

    Acting County Administrator Ken Roper says the new Pickens County Detention Center has struggled to hire enough officers to staff it and is still weeks away from opening.

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    Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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