Low Wages Cause High Turnover at Sheriff's Office

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) - Low wages are causing high turnover rates at the Benton County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Shawn Holloway. 

Holloway said the county is struggling to compete and he doesn't want his department to become a training ground for other law enforcement agencies. 

The sheriff explained that the county invests time and money training deputies, only to have them leave for higher paying jobs. 

Holloway said deputies can make between $6-8 more an hour working for city police departments. 

An internal survey done at the Benton County Sheriff's Office showed that 85 percent of employees work a second job just to make ends meet. Holloway said he blames people for doing what's best for their families. 

Holloway now wants a third party to conduct a study to determine how his agency compares to similar agencies. 

The findings would then be reported to the Benton County Quorum Court, which is responsible for making any decisions regarding pay increases. 

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