The Gwinnett County Police Department has 199 vacancies as of Wednesday, representing about 21% of authorized positions. Chief J.D. McClure said police academy graduation rates had improved and the county has eight more 911 dispatchers than the beginning of the year.
“We’re slowly getting there,” he said. “It just takes time.”
McClure said the police department’s salary and benefits are on par with other local agencies and the raises allow the department to stay competitive in the job market.
Sheriff Keybo Taylor thanked commissioners and County Administrator Glenn Stephens after Tuesday’s vote. He did not know the number of vacancies in his department offhand.
“If it’s one, it’s too high,” he said.
The county commission last year approved 8-10% raises across the board, but cost of living has increased more than 6% since then, Human Resources Director Adrienne McAllister said.
The raises will cost the county $8 million, which comes from the payroll budget for vacant positions and unspent funds from various county departments, Hendrickson said.
“We’ve had some savings because of the vacancies and we’re already projected to end our fiscal year very strong,” she said. “We wanted to reinvest that back into our employees and we wanted to do so before the holidays come.”