Sheriff O'Flynn wants raise up to $174,000 in proposed budget, thousands more than other sheriffs

Posted at: 11/26/2013 12:11 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2013 10:23 AM
By: Berkeley Brean

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn is asking for another raise. This time he wants his pay to go up to $174,000 by April 1, 2014. We found the request in the county's 2014 proposed budget.

$174,000 would be $38,000 more than the Sheriff makes this year. Sheriff O'Flynn just won another term as Sheriff.

In the 2013 budget, it says Sheriff O'Flynn makes $136,700.

The 2014 proposed budget puts his salary at $167,000 with another raise coming on April 1st to lift the salary to $174,000.

To see the 2013 budget salary, click here.

To see the 2014 proposed budget salary, click here. (you'll notice in the fine print, that the sheriff's salary would increase to $174,000 on 4/1/14. April 1 is the start of the state fiscal year.)

The increases would mean the Sheriff makes the same amount of money as the District Attorney. By law, the district attorney's salary is tied to judge's salaries in New York. Legally, the Sheriff's salary is not.

If you compare the Monroe County Sheriff's salary to sheriffs in similar counties, you find the Monroe County Sheriff makes a lot more money.

Erie County Sheriff: $79.092 (source: Erie County 2014 proposed budget)
Onondaga County Sheriff: $110,120 (source: Onondaga County 2014 proposed budget)

Sheriff O'Flynn's spokesman, Cpl. John Helfer, says the Sheriff will address the raise at the county's ways and means committee hearing next week.

We contacted the County Executive's office. Spokesman Justin Feasel said the County Executive "included (the raise) in the budget at (the Sheriff's) request and we'll let the budget process move forward."

Mike Patterson, (D) County Legislature, said, “I'm very surprised to see that any public official at this time would seek a pay raise.”

Mike Patterson is a democratic lawmaker in the Monroe County Legislature. News10NBC questioned him on the fact that the raise just means the sheriff gets paid the same as the district attorney.

Patterson said, “No, it is not fair, quite frankly. The district attorney's salary is determined by the state of New York. The sheriff's salary is paid by the people of the county of Monroe. It's not the same thing.”

It is all taxpayer money. But it's true, state law says district attorney's get raises at the same time judges do. No guarantee for sheriffs.  

Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello released a statement, "Every year we review the budget requests of four countywide elected officials. This year is no different, and as we move through the committee process, we will examine the budget in its entirety."