Days after the tax assessors of Louisiana stampeded toward the public trough for a pay raise, Louisiana sheriffs have followed suit. Thanks are again due to a sharp-eyed correspondent who saw the notice in a newspaper legal ad.
PUBLIC NOTICE – – – (NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE BILL HLS 12RS-326) Public notice is hereby given, as provided by Section 13, Article III of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 13:5521(E), that there will be introduced at the forthcoming session of the Legislature of Louisiana, to be convened on March 12, 2012, a bill relative to elected sheriffs; to require training of elected sheriffs; to provide for a salary increase option for elected sheriffs upon completion of mandated training and upon approval by the legislature; and to provide for related matters. 4605152 – feb 14, 15 – 2t – PUBLIC NOTICES/MISCELLANEOUS
Almost all Louisiana Sheriffs make a base salary of about $116 thousand/year, according to a source in the Sheriff’s Association office. That figure is derived from the salary of an Orleans Parish District Judge ($136,544), less $20 thousand.
However, we did find this legislation which adds back $12 thousand/year, plus a 10% expense allowance. That puts the salary and expenses paid to sheriffs in the $140 thousand/year range.