Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill denied his deputy was targeting Smith, but he was threatened with possible staff reductions and budget cuts as legislators prepared the 2014 county budget.
The sheriff said Cromp and seven more of his deputies have policing powers as fully trained law-enforcement officers who have an obligation to make an arrest if they believe a crime or violation has been committed.
At the same time budget discussions are going on, the county announced that it had offered a new union contract to sheriff’s deputies and County Jail staff, but it has not been ratified by the members.
The offer included a 2-percent raise retroactive to Aug. 21, a 2-percent raise in 2014 and a 2.5-percent raise in 2015.
Union officials have so far refused to comment on the contract offer, referring all questions to the United Public Service Employees Union representatives, who were also not talking.
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