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NC public safety agency gave $1.7M in raises to senior officers, staff

Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporterMay 16, 2019

The state Department of Public Safety raised salaries for more than 300 senior leaders and law enforcement officers in April, totaling about $1.7 million annually.

The raises, which include the $23,000 pay bump for Secretary Erik Hooks WRAL News reported Tuesday, amount to an average of about $5,000 for each employee. While the raises mostly went to sergeants, lieutenants and captains in the State Highway Patrol, the list also includes the patrol’s top leadership and the director of the State Bureau of Investigation.

The number and value of the raises far outstrips those by any other state agency in 2019, according to a WRAL News analysis of state payroll data.

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