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Sheriff Joins Call for Equal Pay for Public Defenders, Prosecutors

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Feb. 10, 2014

Public defenders are asking for a pay raise, as they make about a quarter less than prosecutors.

They are asking Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to give them equal pay.

Public Defender Jim Hingely says the pay gap means they continue to lose talented staff. The public defenders have found an ally in Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding.

"It wasn't until a couple of years ago I learned that our public defenders’ office does not share the same pay scale equity with the commonwealths attorney’s office,” says Sheriff Harding. “I don't think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s just, I don’t think it’s good for the system."

Both the city and the county did not give pay raises last year.

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