Published: 31 July 2012 06:25 PM

Senior staff in the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, district attorney’s office and other departments will get raises to prevent them from earning less than the people they supervise.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 31, voted unanimously to approve the raises, which will cost about $1.6 million this fiscal year. The raises will be absorbed in the current budget and won’t require additional spending.

Sheriff Stan Sniff and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach appeared before the board to lobby for the raises, which don’t apply to them.

The pay hikes, they said, were needed after newly signed union deals created pay bumps that greatly closed or even eliminated the gap between top managers and their unionized subordinates.

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