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County leaders freeze Sheriff's salary

Rochester, N.Y. - The Monroe County Legislature approved an amendement to strike down Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn's pay raise request.

The amendment was introduced during a regularly-scheduled budget meeting Tuesday night.

As residents of this community, we have the utmost respect for the incredible work done by Sheriff OFlynn and the dedicated deputies who serve with him to keep our streets and families safe every day, said Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello. However, our Caucus cannot in good conscience support an increase in compensation for the elected position of Monroe County Sheriff at this time. Therefore, we will tonight propose an amendment to freeze the Sheriffs pay at 2013 levels in the 2014 Budget.

O'Flynn asked county legislators to bump up his salary to $174,000 a year. That's $37,000 more than he is making now and $50,000 more than he was making two years ago.

The request was part of his proposed $138 million budget.

After the decision to freeze Sheriff O'Flynn's salary was made, the sheriff released this statement:

I am humbled and honored to serve as Sheriff of this great county. Ive worked hard for nearly 40 years, with this agency, to do whats best for the residents of Monroe County.

The community has trusted and supported me throughout my 12 years as Sheriff and I look forward to continuing that relationship.

My colleague District Attorney Sandra Doorley and I have beenpartners in the Criminal Justice System and my salary has been aligned with that of the District Attorney for nearly 20 years. The salary adjustment noted in this years budget proposal reflected that continued alignment.

The communitys support is what drives me and my office to do the best that we can for the citizens of Monroe County, and that commitment is unwavering.

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