TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The chief of police in Clinton, as well as the sheriff of Vigo County, are each in the process of hiring two full-time officers for street patrol; and though the officers' duties will greatly resemble the two deputies' on-the-job requirements, the starting salaries both departments offer are vastly different.
"You don't do this job thinking that you're going to be a millionaire," said Greg Ewing, the sheriff of Vigo County.
Though neither men's new hires are going to be paid like oil tycoons, Sheriff Ewing is able to offer starting deputies a more competitive salary than small department's like Hollowell's in Clinton.
Consider this: Sheriff Ewing told News 10 a newly hired deputy on his department can expect to earn $38,596; the money Chief Hollowell is able to put on the table is considerably less for a rookie Clinton city police officer: $28,500.
Both men understand the need for police men and women to move on in order to move up in salary. In fact, Hollowell did that very thing early on his career.
"I moved to the county, because the county paid more money," the chief admitted.
Even though both lawmen admit they hate to see exceptional officers train hard, work hard, and perfect their craft only to move to a better paying police department or sheriff's office. But there's little a chief or sheriff can do to counter a different department's offer, given that government entities do not have the built-in wiggle room that employers in the private sector do.
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