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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.


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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.