Shortage in Jail Officers Soon to Disappear After Pay Increase

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 06/19 2014 06:17PM

Updated 06/19 2014 10:30PM

Prior to the salary increase for correction officers at the Taylor County jail, few applied and retention was a problem, but now, things are looking up.

"Sometimes we'd get one or two in a week, sometimes we would get one in a two week span, they just kind of trickled in but ever since that salary has increased and everything has hit the news, we are probably getting five or six almost a day, says Sgt. Kevin Henry of the applications for corrections officer.

"I am somewhat surprised that we have had this kind of results this quick,"says Taylor County Commissioner, Stan Egger.

Starting salary used to be $27,500  for jailers, but commissioners believed that bumping it up to $30,000 would help address the issue of the jail being understaffed.

"I feel like it was critical that we address the salaries here during the budget year because we need to keep those that we have," says Egger.

Attracting new employees is one part, but keeping them is another goal of the county.

"We can keep them hired on and we are not having to hire all the time, that would keep from having to spend money in the long run," explains Sgt Kevin Henry.

Although the jail staff is still short about fifteen people, Sgt Henry is confident that this new pool of applicants will get them back on track and be a relief to the over worked officers that are currently pulling double shifts.

"I think that it will definitely help with their stress level. It will kind of take away some of the strain. I think we are definitely in a position now with what we have in process that we will be in much better shape in the next month or so," says Sgt Henry.

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