New jail equals more pay for Alcorn sheriff

By The Associated Press

CORINTH — Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart has received a $15,600 bump in salary with the opening of a new regional jail.

The Daily Corinthian reports that the extra money for the sheriff was built into the fiscal 2012 operating budget for the jail. County supervisors on Monday formally approved the extra money.

Mississippi law provides that when a county contracts to house state inmates, the sheriff becomes the chief corrections officer and becomes responsible for the care and control of the prisoners.

As a result, and return for the extra duties, the sheriff gets $15,600 a year besides his regular salary. The sheriff currently is paid $72,000 a year.

The housing of state inmates generated $223,942 for Alcorn County during September.

The regional jail opened in June.