Pendleton, OR -

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners approved a new contract with the sheriff's office that will provide raises -- eventually.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports the contract is effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.

Under the terms, bargaining unit members receive no pay raise this year, then a 2 percent raise in 2014 and a 3 percent increase in 2015.

Board Chairman Larry Givens says the pay raises were the most significant issues in the 72-page deal.

The Umatilla County Law Enforcement Association has about 30 members.