Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Press-Tribune: Mass Exodus of Emergency Dispatchers in Canyon County

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Canyon County has lost a third of its emergency dispatch personnel and the sheriff is warning Canyon County commissioners that if they don't improve wages, he won't be able to keep more staff from leaving.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the shortage—with only 16 of the necessary 24 dispatch positions filled—could put local emergency services at risk.

"The reason is real simple," Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said. "They're going to work for the Nampa Police Department and others [making] from anywhere from $3 to $7 an hour more. We pay so poorly."

The Press-Tribune reprots that a current job opening lists a dispatch salary in the range of $33,659 to $36,000.

Meanwhile, Donahue said he was working his staff overtime and postponing vacations to pick up the slack.

"We're watching them walk out the door to another agency after we get them trained," he said.

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