Following a request for a 27% increase in salary, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn answered questions about the proposed raise at a Ways and Means committee meeting Thursday night.
If the raise is pushed through, O"Flynn's salary will be $174,000 a year. O'Flynn defended his request by stating the district attorney and sheriff have always been paid equally.
"Due to the fact that the state budget cycle does not align directly with the county budget cycle, my salary increase was delayed and is now reflected in this budget," O'Flynn explained. "However, it is still aligned with the D.A. The sheriff and D.A. are equally responsible for public safety in this community and therefore have been and should be equally compensated."
The proposed budget, including O'Flynn's raise will be voted on next week.