Commissioners Court enforces burn ban


No rain combined with 100-plus degree heat equals ‘burn ban.’
DeWitt County Commissioners Court has agreed to enforce a burn ban in the unincorporated areas of the county. This burn ban will be in effect until it is lifted by the court or county judge.
Commissioners met twice in the last few days taking action on the following items.
In an effort to fill vacancies and attract new employees, commissioners court agreed to higher starting salaries for deputies and officers at the sheriffs department.
Battling employee turnover for most of the year, Sheriff Jode Zavesky has been in several talks with the court about increasing pay for his staff. He compared his pay scales to some in the oil field, area sheriff’s departments and police. 
Zavesky said pay increases would not necessarily mean a budget increase in the coming fiscal year because his office has had so many vacancies over the past several months. His office did not use all the money it had budgeted for salaries.
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