Floyd County Sheriff Brian Craig, going through a number of vacancies within the division’s crew of dispatchers, can also be going through a sharply declining pool of candidates in search of jobs in regulation enforcement, he advised the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday, citing wages as one impediment.
“It’s the smallest pool of candidates since I’ve been sheriff,” Craig mentioned, throughout a gathering final week. “No person desires these jobs, not after they make $20 an hour working at Hardees. Or they will get twice that quantity at (Hollingsworth and Vose).”
Craig mentioned he’s competing with police businesses that provide signing bonuses, and the Virginia State Police that’s promoting for brand spanking new positions and providing lateral transfers.
“There is no such thing as a doubt that folks right here love Floyd County,” he advised the board, “however individuals are not displaying up for interviews.”
The sheriff mentioned a push within the Common Meeting to boost the minimal hourly wage to $15 is greater than his dispatchers are paid. He mentioned regulation enforcement jobs are out-of-favor as are different public service positions.
He mentioned he’s going through filling three vacancies for dispatchers proper when the state is mandating new schooling necessities that should in be in place by the beginning of 2022—an issue that’s harder as a result of such mandates come with out funding.