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Monday, the Sheffield City Council will meet for a work session. During that session the talk of Fire and Police Department raises are expected to be brought up.
Sheffield city council member Penny Freeman said she believes the fire and police department need a raise to stop the turn over from happening but the mayor disagrees.
Before taxes, rookie firemen and police officers in Sheffield make about $24,000 dollars. The pay is about $10,000 less than surrounding departments in Florence and Muscle Shoals. Some people in the community think it’s time for a raise.
"It's crucial to this community to have the police and fire department looking after us for all of our needs," said Lindsey Thomas. "They are a little more crucial to the community than other city workers."
Monday, Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford said he’s against the pay raise. He thinks it’s unfair to give some city workers a raise but not others. Sanford believes it shows some jobs are more important than others.
In January 2018, all city employees, including police and firemen, were given a .25 cent raise. Freeman said there is always a possibility of this being voted on tonight but the council could decide to look at raises across the board instead.