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Candidates for sheriff in Berkshire County are arguing about 'bloat' in pay levels. Here's a tool to look up who earns what

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Dan Valenti, center, ducks as Alfred E. “Alf” Barbalunga, left, and Sheriff Tom Bowler shake hands after their debate for Valenti’s website “Planet Valenti" this week. Barbalunga, who is challenging Bowler in his bid for reelection, has criticized the incumbent's staffing decisions. 

PITTSFIELD — The challenger for the job of Berkshire County sheriff says the current officeholder presides over a bloated payroll.

Sheriff’s office employee salaries are matter of public record. A review by The Eagle found that 23 members, or about 10 percent the office’s workforce, made over $100,000 last year.



Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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