Nueces County approves extra pay for employees with COVID relief funds

Nueces County employees will get extra pay for their service during the pandemic — with the greatest bumps going to law enforcement — thanks to federal coronavirus relief funds.

Nueces County was allocated almost $70.4 million from the American Rescue Plan Act and has received half of that amount. The second half will be released in 2022.

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales speaks about the preparation for coronavirus in the area at a news conference on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Corpus Christi City Hall.

On Tuesday, the county commissioners’ court approved 20% hazard pay raises for workers who are part of the collective bargaining agreement of the Nueces County Sheriff’s Officers Association, as well as cadet correctional officers. 

The raises, which total about $2.8 million, will start Oct. 1 and will last through the fiscal year. 

Those workers will also get 20% retroactive raises, but cadet correctional officers will only get those raises if they’re current employees. New hires will not get the retroactive raises.

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