DeKalb CEO announces pay increases for police officers and firefighters – Decaturish

DeKalb County, Georgia — DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced a 6.5% starting salary increase for all sworn police officers. That makes DeKalb County officers the highest paid among major local governments in Georgia, according to a news release.

“Protecting the lives and well-being of our residents and businesses is our top priority,” Thurmond said. “Our Keep DeKalb Safe plan focuses on retention, recruiting, hiring, and stopping violence.”

Here are the starting salaries for new hires that will take effect on October 1:

– $50,500 for police recruits, up from $47,000 previously.

– Hiring incentive of $3,000.

– $52,000 for POST-certified police officers, compared to $50,931 previously.

The Keep DeKalb Safe plan includes hiring EPIC Consulting Group LLC to help with an aggressive national recruiting effort to increase the candidate pool for police officers.

DeKalb County firefighters will also get a 6.5% wage increase. The new salaries will be:

– $46,500 for firefighter recruits, compared to $43,500 previously.

– Hiring incentive of $3,000.

– $48,825 for firefighters, compared to $46,675 previously.

Pro-rated funding for these salary increases is $2.4 million and will come from existing police and fire budgets for fiscal year 2022.

Later this week, DeKalb County will announce recipients of $1 million in grants for the DeKalb Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Grant initiative. The county will partner with local nonprofit organizations that provide youth violence prevention and response strategies.

Recent public safety incentives this year have included:

– Risk pay/incentive for frontline employees during the pandemic.

– Retention incentive payments of $3,000 for public safety employees in 2021 and 2022.

– A base salary increase of 6.25% in April.

– Triple police overtime in July.

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