COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - News Leader 9 first reported last week about the Columbus Police Department and Columbus Fire and EMS experiencing a shortage of first responders.
New information from the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office shows they are having a similar problem. Sheriff Donna Tompkins says her office is currently 34 people short.
They have a critical need for sheriff’s deputies as well as correctional officers. She has an idea behind why Columbus is having a problem hiring first responders and presented it to the Columbus City Council.
“What we’re facing in Columbus is pay compression," Tompkins said. "We keep raising the starting salary but the other salaries are not keeping up. So, I think that’s becoming a really serious issue and I’m asking them to look at a comprehensive analysis of those things.”
Tompkins said she wants the analysis to look at duties of each agency to address pay issues.
She also asked for a two and a half percent salary increase for sergeants, captains and lieutenants to begin the process.