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Salary shifts under interim Greenville sheriff

November 17, 2018

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Salaries for interim Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown and his command staff totaled $1.3 million, compared to $866,000 under the administration of suspended Sheriff Will Lewis.

The changes in salaries reviewed by The Greenville News reflect a bigger command staff under Brown, raises for high-ranking officers and the fact that the chief deputy position was vacant under Lewis last year.

The newspaper’s review shows that some personnel saw sharp decreases after Brown took over following Lewis’s indictment and suspension last year.

Brown slashed the pay of deputies whose salaries were not in line with their current ranking.

For instance, one deputy making more than $100,000 annually now makes $40,000 less. That deputy had been demoted under Lewis but maintained the high base pay.

Four other deputies also received pay cuts. The cuts totaled $110,000 across five positions, according to Brown and records obtained by The News.

Greenville County Councilman Ennis Fant, who had voiced concerns about deputies getting paid more than their supervisors under the previous administration, said Brown did the fair thing by making the cuts.

It’s the system that’s flawed, Fant said. He had previously said he wants to abolish the current Sheriff’s Office structure and replace it with a county police department that would report to County Council or the county administrator.

As sheriff, Brown is the highest-paid employee at the Sheriff’s Office and earns $164,000, records show. Lewis earned roughly $161,000 in November 2017.

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

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