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Sheriff reaches pact with union

WARREN — The five-member lieutenant union and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office reached a new labor agreement approved by Trumbull County commissioners.

A 3.5 percent raise was given, but the members also agreed to start making the entire portion of the employee contribution to their retirement plans.

The agreement equals a “wash” for the employees and the sheriff’s office, Sheriff Paul Monroe said.

“I am hoping this is a good starting point with the other unions,” Monroe said.

The union of corrections officers and the office are expected to enter negotiations in February, after the two groups signed an agreement extending the expiring contract until July 1. About 80 are in the union.

Contracts for road deputies, supervisors and clerical staff also will be up for negotiation. The contracts are expected to end in July.

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