Pay for sheriffs, district judges linked by law

By By Andrew Perzo / American Press

What is the salary of Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso?

It’s $150,778.65 a year, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers.

But under laws passed in the last couple of years, Mancuso may receive a 2.1 percent pay raise each year for the remainder

of his term — and into 2017 if he’s re-elected.

Sheriffs’ salaries were linked to those

of district court judges in 2012 under Act 350, which established the

Louisiana Sheriff’s

Executive Management Institute.

The institute, part of the governor’s office but funded by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, coordinates management training

and annual continuing education courses for sheriffs.

The training provisions are meant “to enhance the safety of the citizens of Louisiana and the enforcement of state laws,”

reads R.S. 13:5631.

Sheriffs who complete at least 12 hours of annual training may receive a raise if state lawmakers vote to give district judges

a raise — which the Legislature did in 2013.

Act 375, which took effect last July, boosted Supreme Court justices’ pay by 5.5 percent; appeals court judges’ pay by 3.7

percent; and district court judges’ pay by 4 percent.

And the law scheduled 2.1 percent raises for all judges to take effect July 1 in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

If they’re eligible for the raises, sheriffs may accept them beginning July 1, the effective date for judges’ raises, Mancuso

said. The money, he said, comes from sheriffs’ general funds.

Mancuso said he received the most recent raise and plans to accept a raise each time he’s eligible for one. “I have not met

anyone who doesn’t want a raise,” he said.

Notes on training

More on the institute’s training, from the Division of Administration’s website on state boards and commissions:

Training sessions were offered 15 times to Sheriffs, with 22 of the Sheriffs attending all 15 sessions and all 64 Sheriffs

attended at least the required 12 sessions.

The Board also voted to allow credit

for participation in the one hour Ethics training offered by the state.

With the exception

of the first session which was Sheriffs only, Chief Deputies and

other deputies were allowed at training. Most training sessions

had approximately 150 attendees.

Sheriff attendance was monitored by a scanning device, sign in sheets, and visual observation. CLE credits were approved by

the Supreme Court for attorney/sheriffs and other attorney’s working in Sheriff Offices. Proof of attendance was submitted

and approved by the Legislative Auditor.

Online: www.legis.la.gov; www.doa.louisiana.gov.

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