Bexar Sheriff Declines Pay Raise After Tangling With County Commissioner on Overtime Issues


Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar - JADE ESTEBAN ESTRADA
  • Jade Esteban Estrada
  • Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has declined a proposed salary increase, saying he can't accept a raise while the county is struggling to pay overtime for his deputies, according to a KENS5 report.

Salazar's statement comes a day after Bexar commissioners proposed pay raises for elected officials.

"As the person who was entrusted with this office by the people of Bexar County, I cannot in good conscience accept a pay raise at a time where my deputies are concerned as to whether their hard work will be compensated. Leaders eat last," Salazar said in a written statement obtained by the TV station.

The statement also comes after the sheriff engaged in a heated exchange with County Commissioner Kevin Wolff over the number of job vacancies in the department. County officials said BCSO had more than 200 openings, contributing to high overtime costs.

Even so, commissioners approved $1.7 million in overtime for the jail during their Tuesday meeting.

Deputies working at the Bexar County Jail have recently complained about lengthy shifts, high turnover and sagging morale. Last week, Salazar sent a memo to personnel warning that half of their pay for mandatory overtime would be delayed until the end of the month.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.