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DCP chief asks for money from county

May 17, 2007

Albany --  The Dougherty County Police Chief says a pay raise for his officers proposed in the County's next year budget planning would help him keep his force at full staffing.

Budget proposals would give Dougherty County's Police officers a 2.8% merit pay increase, as well as a 2.5% cost of living adjustment for all county employees.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says competition for trained and experienced law enforcement officers is fierce, and the pay raise is needed.

"We are facing a growing problem recruiting and retaining officers.  The men and women in this department, and in all county departments really work and work hard, so it'll be a good thing for us," said Cheek.

The Dougherty County finance committee is still working on the next year's budget, but County Administrator Richard Crowdis says he thinks the budget can be balanced with the proposed raise for Police.

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