A bill that would establish a $12,000 per year expense allowance for Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton passed the Alabama House of Representatives Thursday.
Sutton said the expense allowance would allow him to increase his salary for the duration of his current term, or three-plus years. The legislation terminates the allowance after that point.
Sutton said he has not experienced a salary increase since he was first elected in late 2006. The bill, House Bill 546, will need to pass the Alabama Senate and gain Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature for it to take effect.
To obtain the pay increase, Sutton said the Coffee County Commission first had to approve a resolution supporting the effort. The commission did so at its Jan. 28 meeting by a 6-1 vote (District 1 Commissioner Dean Smith dissenting).
Rep. Rhett Marques (R-Enterprise) then submitted the legislation to the House on May 2. The measure passed via a 15-0 vote Thursday that included 77 abstentions.
The county’s general fund would provide the funds for the allowance should it pass, and payments would come in monthly installments.