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UPDATE: Commission approves pay raises for Roundtree, McIntyre

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The Richmond County Board of Commissioners has just approved pay raises for Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Solicitor General Kellie McIntyre.

The board voted 6-4, garnering enough support to pass the motion.

Roundtree's salary will now be increased by over $16,000.

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Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree is one day away from possibly receiving a raise.

District 9 Commissioner Marion Williams has requested the issue be brought back up at Tuesday's Commission meeting, after it was denied last week.

"With his educational requirements and things he has already achieved, the degrees that he already has, says that he should have this salary," says Williams.

Roundtree's salary would go up around $16,000 if approved.

Williams says he understands the timing is strange considering Roundtree's short term in office, but says it should have been his salary all along.

"If he had been here six months, and said, 'You're supposed to give me some more money,' he would have been wrong," Williams says. "This is what he comes in the door and is supposed to get."

But some Commissioners say they just can't support a raise right now. They say it all comes down to dollars and cents.

"We're four million dollars short in the current budget," says District 7 Commissioner Donnie Smith. "We simply don't have the money and the resources at this time."

But Williams says this is the right thing to do, and when it comes to the vote, he says he won't take no for an answer.

"I don't understand why there's such a hoopla about it. I put it back on the agenda and I'm going to keep it on the agenda until we do something," he says. "I'm trying to give the commissioners a chance to do what is right."

Smith says he's willing to re-look at the issue, but not until the city's finances turn around.

"I just can't support giving them a supplement as an elected official and not doing something for our 2700 employees who work on our behalf everyday," Smith says.

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