JoCo approves $4.6M for retention bonuses for sheriff’s office and corrections workers

Johnson County's Board of County Commissioners has approved about $4.6 million in county reserve funding for retention bonuses in departments facing significant staff shortages. Image from jocosheriff.org.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners last week unanimously approved the use up to $4.6 million in county reserve funds to pay for retention bonuses for sheriff”s office and corrections department employees.

Why it matters: The move aims to address ongoing challenges these departments have faced and attracting and retaining workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where will the money go? The funding will go toward the sheriff’s office and corrections department — both of which, county staff said, don’t have the means in their existing budgets to pay for retention incentives.