Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies voted to approve a new contract Wednesday night, bringing them one step closer to a deal that would include a 5.13 percent wage increase for the current year.
The vote was brought before the 43 sheriff’s deputies.
“It’s safe to say it passed by a wide margin,” said Darcy Dahle, field representative for the Montana Public Employees Association, which represents the deputies.
“I think everyone is excited about it,” Dahle said. “We had a good compromise and in the end it was a win-win for everyone.”
The deal still has to be approved by the Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners.
Dahle said that vote would happen next week.
Last week negotiators for both sides agreed on the terms of the three-year contract.
The proposed deal will run through June 30, 2016.