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Columbus mayor considers police pay raise

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There was talk about paying local police officers more at Tuesday’s Columbus city council meeting.

They discussed the latest numbers, showing Columbus Police being more competitive with other police departments - a little above the median pay, after last year's major police pay plan reform.

Still, the Columbus police force is losing officers faster than they can hire them - now close to 60 short of the 100 additional officers approved.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says with some adjustments to the budget, she thinks it's time for another police pay raise. She also said that process could start in the next few weeks.

"I think we can do better, so the chief (of police) and I have been meeting over the last few months and we're going to come to council with a proposal, I've also started the discussion with various councilors,” Mayor Tomlinson said.

The mayor says they’ve been hiring approximately 50 officers per year recently, but there have been many retirements or officers choosing to leave police careers altogether to pursue other fields.

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