But the request stalled for months as council members debated whether American Rescue Plan funds could be used for pay raises, and whether the county could boost hiring and retention at the jail without pay increases.
On Wednesday, council members said they were cleared to use the federal funds for their alternative proposal, which includes incentives aimed at boosting recruitment at the jail as quickly as possible, said Webb, who chairs the council Justice Health and Welfare committee.
Under the plan, corrections officers and case workers who have worked at the jail for at least one year would be eligible for a $4,100 “milestone” increase at the end of each year, starting in 2021 and lasting through 2024.
New corrections officers and case workers will be eligible for up to $2,500 in “sign-on bonuses” through two years on the job: $500 after six months and $1,000 each after the first and second years.
And current jail employees have an incentive to go out and recruit: If they refer a new hire who works at the jail for at least six months without issue, they would be receive a one-time $2,500 bonus.
Burris said there were 206 hourly corrections officers and case workers eligible for a milestone increase this year, and about 60 vacancies the jail hopes to fill.
If the jail were to provide an annual $4,100 bonus for 266 employees through 2024, it would cost at least $3.3 million. An additional $150,000 total for referral bonuses would bring the total cost of the raises to about $3.5 million.
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