Oxford County Commissioners are expected to present a contract proposal to the labor union representing sheriff’s deputies in a negotiation session planned for later this month.

On Friday, County Administrator Scott Cole said previous rounds of negotiations have focused on fine-tuning contractual language, but have not addressed substantive issues like wages and benefits.

The contract between deputies and commissioners expired more than two years ago. Last August, 14 out of 15 of its members voted to disband the independent Oxford County Deputies Association and join Teamsters Local 340.

The lapsed contract is still being honored until a new agreement can be reached.

The union and commissioners restarted negotiations in November, but commissioners had difficulty scheduling enough time to fully address the lapsed contract, Cole said.

Commissioners scheduled an executive session at their April 22 meeting, and intend to have a contract proposal ready to present to the Teamsters at negotiations the next day, Cole said.

Wages appear to be a main point of contention between the deputies and commissioners. Last August, Josh Wyman, the outgoing president of the Deputies Association, claimed that its members were the lowest paid law enforcement officers in Oxford County.

A phone call to Ray Cote, the Teamster’s business agent representing the deputies, was not returned Friday.

Teamsters Local 340 also represents the Norway and Paris police departments and a number of other departments in the state.

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