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Controversy Over Sheriff's Requested Pay Raise

One county legislator says Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn needs to prove he is worth the extra taxpayer money.
One county legislator says Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn needs to prove he is worth the extra taxpayer money.

The $37,000 pay raise that O'Flynn is asking for would make him one of the highest paid sheriffs in the state. 

"Sure it's too much money. What the heck does he think," resident Ute Wilcox said.

"I guess you could give him a cost of living, whatever that might be, but I don't think it would be $37,000," resident Martin Miller said.

Sheriff O'Flynn is being paid $136,700. The last time he got a raise was in late 2011. It was $13,000, or a 14 percent pay hike. 

"This sheriff literally just ran for this office and at no time during his campaign did he say 'you know I love being sheriff, but it doesn't pay enough money; and one of my first official acts will be to prepare a budget that raises my pay by $37,000,'" legislator Mike Patterson said.

In requesting his last pay raise, O'Flynn said he wanted to bring his salary in line with that of District Attorney Sandra Doorley. Currently, Doorley earns $160,000 and her salary is scheduled to go up to $174,000 in 2014. 

"The pay for the District Attorney comes from one pot of money. The pay for the sheriff comes from another pot of money. The pot of money for the sheriff comes directly from the people of the county of Monroe. The pay for the District Attorney comes directly from the State of New York," Patterson said.

Some county residents say if Sheriff O'Flynn can prove he has earned the extra cash, he should get it.

"If he feels like he has fulfilled his duties then maybe he should be able to get a raise," James Oliver said.

Sheriff O'Flynn has not commented on his request for a raise. A spokesman for the sheriff's department says O'Flynn will speak about his request for a raise at the County Legislature's Ways & Means Committee meeting. It is scheduled for next Thursday and it is open to the public. 
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