Using ARPA funds, every single deputy with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will receive $5,000 bonus

FREMONT, Nebraska — Soon, sheriff’s deputies in Dodge County will get a bonus payment.

Wednesday, the Dodge County Board of Supervisors voted to provide $5,000 bonuses to every officer who worked during the epidemic and is still employed by the sheriff’s office.

The payments originate from the federal government, with Dodge County receiving COVID recovery funding from the American Rescue Plan, or ARPA.

The decision was made after the county reached a three-year deal with the union representing deputies, Fraternal Order of Police Local No. 17.

Earlier in this year, the City of Omaha utilized ARPA monies in a similar but distinct manner. Through November, all municipal personnel, including police officers, firefighters, park employees, and city hall employees (other than elected politicians), will get $3,000 in premium pay.

Stothert stated, while announcing the premium pay, that the Omaha Police Officers Association first requested premium pay for officers, but he did not feel it was appropriate to grant it to only a subset of municipal employees.

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