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Apr 29, 2014 1:52 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News

Yellowstone County approves contract for sheriffs deputies

BILLINGS - The Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners have signed a three-year contract with the sheriff's deputies.

The contract was signed by commissioners Tuesday morning.

"It's really good," said Commissioner Bill Kennedy. "It's been a year-long process and to have that process put together and finally execute it is very good."

On April 17, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder announced the MPEA reached a tentative agreement. The following week, it was approved by the 43 deputies who fall under the contract.

Negotiations on the contract began last June when the previous contract expired.

Potential contracts were rejected multiple times since then.

The contract includes a 5.13-percent raise.

Kennedy said the largest hurdle was the discussion on comp time. Negotiations ranged from 40 to 80 hours.

"The county agreed upon the 80 hours," Kennedy said. "We left it the same."

The new contract expires on June 30, 2016.

County commissioners have three more labor organizations whose contracts expire over the next few months.

Those include the Yellowstone County Detention Officers at the jail, the Road and Bridge Department and the MetraPark maintenance staff.

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