TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A multi-year contract that increases pay may help retain Shawnee County Sheriff's deputies.
Current Sheriff, Herman Jones and former Sheriff Dick Barta were among eight people who spoke at Monday's commission meeting asking for pay increases for sheriff's deputies.
Deputies are seeking a three year contract that would increase pay in 2015 and 2016.
Officials say they are 16 officers short right now, and just before the meeting, Sheriff Jones found out another employee would be leaving for another agency.
Jones said that during exit interviews, people state compensation as a reason for leaving.
"When you call for an emergency, you want a response and you want a response now," said Sheriff Jones. "My problem that I have, or the issue I have, is having the people to respond adequately to that."
"This is one of the most dangerous regions in the entire state in terms of crime rate and these folks behind me face it on a daily basis and all they're really asking in return is they be compensated at least in comparison to their peer agencies in the region," said Clint Patty, an attorney representing the Fraternal Order of Police. "Right now, they're dead last. They would like to just get out of being dead last."
Commissioners will consider the proposal at their March 10th meeting.