Stafford's Board Votes to Give 15% Raise to Recruit and Retain New Deputies and Emergency Communicators

Stafford’s Board of Supervisors voted to give deputies with the rank of 1st Sergeant and below a 15% pay raise. This action will boost starting pay to $59,000 for new deputies, raising pay above starting pay in Prince William and Loudoun and closer to Virginia State Police troopers who make $66,000 in starting salary. The move comes as the Sheriff’s Office strives to fill multiple positions in a competitive job market.

“Our population continues to grow, and it is crucial that we are able to both attract and retain top law enforcement deputies,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Crystal Vanuch. “Our county is known for its tough stance on crime, and it is critical we give our Sheriff’s Office the support its needs.”

This increase also provides a needed increase to our emergency communicators, who are the ones that receive 911 dispatch calls. This market is incredibly challenging, putting Stafford in a more competitive position to retain and recruit new communicators. The County will use meals taxes from restaurants and leftover monies from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).