Dougherty Co. employment turnover rate rising

Mike McCoy, Interim County Administrator for Dougherty County (Source: WALB)
Mike McCoy, Interim County Administrator for Dougherty County (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners are concerned about the high turnover rate among county employees.

On Monday commissioners learned from Interim County Administrator, Mike McCoy, that for the 2018 calendar year the employee turnover rate is trending at 24%, or nearly one-quarter of employees leaving.

McCoy said EMS, Public Works and the sheriff's office, in particular, are having trouble retaining workers.

Now commissioners are considering increasing the cost of living adjustment-- or COLA-- to ultimately increase county employees paychecks and hopefully retain more workers.

"When we're called and asked to fill a pothole, we're likely going to get to a point where we're not going to do it, because we don't have the staff to do it," said McCoy.

McCoy said the county's health and retirement plans are good, but the salaries are low.

But he is also worried about competing for employees with the city.

Commissioners must have a budget finalized by the end of next week, since Fiscal Year 2019 goes into effect July 1.

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