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Dougherty County in need of employees

Dougherty County Jail, one place McCoy said is short-staffed (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Jail, one place McCoy said is short-staffed (Source: WALB)
Commissioners met on Monday for a work session (Source: WALB) Commissioners met on Monday for a work session (Source: WALB)
Mike McCoy, Interim County Administrator for Dougherty County (Source: WALB) Mike McCoy, Interim County Administrator for Dougherty County (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Many organizations deal with attrition, and Dougherty County is dealing with vacancies in services including EMS, the jail, and the county government. 

Right now, there are 65 openings for jobs across the organization.

Interim County Administrator Michael McCoy said lack of competitive pay is one of the reasons the county has been challenged in filling positions. 

According to McCoy, the last time Dougherty County performed a pay study was in the late 1990's.

McCoy said, therefore, pay has not kept pace with the pay of other employers in the marketplace.

And, he said this makes it difficult to recruit employees.

The jail, public works, and solid waste are challenged in attracting and retaining employees because McCoy said these roles are skilled and semi-skilled. 

The county has been advertising online, on TV and radio looking for candidates. 

They are also working with Albany Technical College and Albany State University as potential recruiting resources. 

McCoy doesn't believe this is a problem that is solely exclusive to Dougherty County, but rather an issue of attracting people to the area. 

And the result of unfilled positions is challenging. 

"We're not able to be as efficient and effective in delivering services to the community. But, the staff are really doing a great job in doing more with less," said McCoy. 

McCoy said there are interested prospects, but it is just a matter of getting them in and retaining them with a competitive salary. 

If you are interested in applying for a job you can view open Dougherty County jobs here.

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