Volusia County increases compensation for corrections personnel in new bargaining agreement

The agreement will be effective through Sept. 30, 2026.

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  • | 12:00 p.m. February 26, 2024
Volusia County's administration building in DeLand. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock/Pelow media
Volusia County's administration building in DeLand. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock/Pelow media
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The Volusia County Council unanimously ratified a new bargaining agreement with the International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, during its Feb. 20 meeting. This agreement, effective through Sept. 30, 2026, will enhance the compensation and benefits for the dedicated individuals serving as corrections officers, senior corrections officers, and corrections sergeants in the division.

“My team believes that this contract is promising for Corrections,” said Matt Harrison, president of the Volusia County Corrections Officers Union. “We’re also hopeful that [Director Joseph] DeMore and his new ideas will keep the division moving forward in a positive manner.”

For the fiscal year 2023-24, corrections officers will receive an increase in base pay of $1.75 per hour, along with placement on the pay schedule. Similarly, senior corrections officers and sergeants will receive a $2 per hour increase in base pay, also coupled with a pay schedule placement. As the county is currently operating in fiscal year 2023-24, the increases will be retroactive from Sept. 30, 2023, in which staff will be compensated for the difference. 

Addressing the future of the Corrections Division, the agreement introduces an enhanced compensation structure for newly hired corrections officers hired on or after Oct. 1, 2024. This structure offers increased starting pay based on years of verified full-time experience, aimed at attracting highly qualified professionals to the county's corrections team.


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