Officer sues over Highway Patrol pay

Missouri’s Highway Patrol is violating its own pay plan, underpaying some of its senior officers while overpaying around 70 sergeants and other lower-ranking employees, Lt. Eldon Wulf charged in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday.

Wulf is an instructor at the Patrol’s Academy, located in the General Headquarters complex, 1515 E. Elm St. He was with the state Water Patrol before that agency merged with the Highway Patrol last year.

The nine-page suit, filed by Jefferson City attorney David Moen, said Wulf is getting $132 less on each paycheck than the patrol’s published pay grid says he’s supposed to get — a difference of $3,168 a year, before taxes.

But, the suit argued, state law requires the patrol’s superintendent to ....

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