El Paso County Commissioners Court approves minimum wage increase for county employees


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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso County Commissioners’ Court took another step to raise employee wages in a meeting on Monday.

The court unanimously approved a general increase in the minimum wage for employees to $ 13 an hour. The increase does not apply to elected officials, police officers and sheriff’s office collective bargaining employees.

“I don’t know how many other counties pay their lowest paid people a living wage and take care of everyone at all levels,” said David Stout of the El Paso County Police Station. “I think we also made it a political priority several years ago to pay our people what the market says they should be doing.”

Betsy Keller, the chief administrator for El Paso County, said the increase would take effect on January 9, 2022.

District Judge Linda Chew supported the vote to help employees facing financial challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This wage adjustment is a long time coming,” Chew said. “The pandemic has done a number of things, but one of the most important has been shedding light, a dazzling spotlight, indeed, on wages. ”

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