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Statesboro Police Department reorganizes patrol bureau
Fewer lieutenants, more street cops, but pay compression reportedly an issue
W TURNER Wendell 050712
Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner
The Statesboro Police Department is reorganizing its patrol division, eliminating two vacant lieutenant positions to instead hire three additional patrol officers and a part-time secretary.This change will give the department a net gain of one certified officer, plus the secretarial position, and will still cost $7,100 less this year than filling the lieutenant jobs would have, Public Safety Director Wendell Turner recently told City Council. “We’ve had these two patrol lieutenants’ positions posted within the organization, as per policy, and we had no takers,” Turner said. “That’s the first time that I know of in my 21- or 22-year history in the agency that we’ve had no takers for a patrol lieutenant position.”This led to a brief discussion of “pay compression” at the Feb. 17 council meeting.
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