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Updated: 8/07/2012 6:59 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hard working taxpayers like Steven Gibson are upset to find out where their money is going. Action News has learned while JSO officers had their jobs threatened last year because of budget cuts, JSO civilian employees were actually getting raises.

Reporter: "One of these is like an 89% raise."
Steven Gibson: "On no! That's ridiculous! That's straight ridiculous. 89%, I don't agree with that!"

And it wasn't just a handful of people who were given a raise. We did some digging and found more than 70 raises were given in 2011, and about 23 of them were raises of 20% or more.

For instance, a JSO Supply Chain Manager got a 66% raise and increased their salary from $39,000 in 2010, to nearly $65,000 in 2011. Another, the Chief of Health Services who received a 58% raise, from $74,000 in 2010, to $118,000 in 2011.

Reporter:  "They got a 58% raise."
Roland Callahan: "That's ridiculous!"
Reporter: "So now they would make $118,000."
Roland Callahan: "That's ridiculous!"
Cathy Trick:  "A 22% increase?"
Reporter:"Yes, that's just for one person that's an assistant chief."
Cathy Trick: "I have a major problem with that!"

City councilman John Crescimbeni says he's skeptical about the list.

"Big raises for appointed staff, non-union contract bound staff, would not fit well with the argument the sheriffs trying to make, that the budget is bleak," said Crescimbeni.
Action News started asking the Sheriff's Office for a response Monday morning.  Shortly before Action News at 6 p.m., we got this email from the Sheriff's aide Lauri-Ellen Smith. She says, there hasn't been a single civilian increase in salary that isn't tied to a promotion, a change in employment status, for instance part time to full time, or a required adjustment per collective bargaining rules. She also points out a 2% salary reduction taken by all civilian employees which is still in effect. And as we pointed out in the story, these are salaries from last year.  We are still trying to get our hands on current numbers.

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osprey1 - 8/8/2012 1:55 PM
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This is amazing that our sheriff and our city fathers don't know how much the people working for this city get paid and what there increases are and yet they still have to fill out a budget every year. Isn't it time our city leaders find out whats going on behind there backs.
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