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Kentucky Correctional Officers To Receive Pay Raises

Department hopeful pay increase will help with staffing crisis

By Lisa Lamb
Director of Communications, Kentucky Department of Corrections

Frankfort, KY - Corrections Commissioner Rodney Ballard announced today that much-needed pay raises for state correctional officers will take effect next week. The increases were included in the state budget put forth by Gov. Matt Bevin and supported by the Kentucky General Assembly.

The pay raises take effect Aug. 16, and officers will see the increases on their Sept. 15 paycheck.

"I'd like to thank Gov. Bevin, Justice Secretary John Tilley, state legislators and our supporters across the state who championed this cause," said Commissioner Ballard. "Our agency has been in a serious staffing crisis for over two years. This is especially true for correctional officer positions in our prisons in the LaGrange area. We are hopeful this will help alleviate some of the problem."

Beginning Aug. 16, the new starting salary for a correctional officer is $30,000. In addition, correctional officers currently employed will receive an increase of $300 per month. The salary for sergeants will increase by $150 per month, and the salary for lieutenants will increase by $50 per month.

"This pay boost was long overdue, and I'm gratified that our state is recognizing the essential role that corrections officers play in our criminal justice system," Secretary Tilley said. "On a daily basis, these men and women take on an extremely stressful job in a tough environment. I applaud the governor and the General Assembly for supporting these invaluable employees."

This story was posted on 2016-08-12 13:23:10
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