Sedgwick Co. Hopes Bonuses Keep Workers At Boys Ranch

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Sedgwick County commissioners have agreed to let administrators award thousands of dollars in bonuses to key staff members at a juvenile facility for young offenders.

The future of the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch near Lake Afton has been up in the air for years because of a funding crunch. An exodus of employees last year quickened after Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan said in December he would recommend closing the facility if the state doesn't provide more money.

The Wichita Eagle reports county commissioners on Wednesday approved a policy that provides up to $190,000 in bonuses to critical employees at the ranch, along with some information technology workers.

The ranch serves about 40 boys considered at medium to high risk of committing additional crimes.