Sheriff Mike Gleason of Williamson County, Texas, has requested a 14% salary increase for his department. However, County Judge Bill Gravell and the Williamson County Commissioners need more time to consider all affected employees before making a decision. Mathew Decker, president of the Williamson County Deputies Association, has pointed out that they are losing officers to other agencies due to the current salary scales. Law enforcement personnel in Williamson County include those who work in the sheriff's office, district attorney's office, county corrections, and the county attorney's office. If a police or correctional employee has been employed in Williamson County for a year, they will be eligible for an advancement up the tenure chart in October. Sheriff Gleason believes that the approved pay increases should be higher than what is currently being offered.
He has argued that the amount of the increase should be based on salaries from surrounding communities. This would help to ensure that Williamson County law enforcement officials are being paid competitively. The Williamson County Commissioners have stated that they need more time to consider all affected employees before making a decision on Sheriff Gleason's request. They understand the importance of providing competitive salaries to their law enforcement officials and want to ensure that they are able to attract and retain quality personnel. Williamson County is committed to providing its law enforcement officials with fair and competitive wages. The Commissioners are taking their time to consider all affected employees before making a decision on Sheriff Gleason's request for a 14% pay increase for his department.