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Arizona Sheriff's Deputy Faces A Tough Choice: Loyalty Or Better Pay?

On Monday, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors passed the final budget for this year. The new spending plan lacks money to give much-needed raises to senior deputies at the Sheriff’s Office. Attrition has plagued the agency for years. The most experienced people often make the same wage as a new recruit. To solve the problem this year, County officials tried to add a sales tax, property tax and even sweep funds from other departments. But all those efforts failed.

In May, KJZZ's Matthew Casey did a ride along with a Mohave County Deputy who will soon have to choose between loyalty and better pay.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.