Alabama AG sides with sheriff in dispute over pay

Scales of justice and gavel

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff has fought and apparently won a legal battle over his salary with a recent opinion by the Alabama attorney general.

The Cullman Times reports that the opinion indicates that first-term Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey is entitled to the same pay as his predecessor, former sheriff Tyler Roden, who served 16 years.

The decision means that Cullman County must work with Rainey, who is currently making $63,248 annually, to calculate how much back pay he is owed since assuming office Jan. 2011.

Rainey asked Attorney General Luther Strange if he was entitled to receive the same base salary as Roden — who left office making $67,100 annually — along with all pay raises he received while in office.

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Information from: The Cullman Times

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