BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Tempers flared as Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and commissioners mentioned tips on how to tackle a staffing scarcity on the 911 center.
Commissioner Mark Bogen and Sheriff Tony squared off at Tuesday’s assembly.
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“I would like to make a direction to the county attorney that in September we do not renew this contract,” mentioned Commissioner Bogen. “We need to hire somebody with decades of experience.”
Sheriff Tony took offense.
“My command staff has over 500 years of public safety experience. How many do you have? How many doors have you kicked down, how many lives have you saved? How many times have you had to extract somebody from a burning building or put your [expletive] on the line when someone’s getting shot at? You are out of line in the notion that they are not prepared. I’m not going to stand here and accept that,” he mentioned.
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At difficulty —Sheriff Tony mentioned Broward’s 911 center wants to rent 86 folks inside the subsequent few years and improve salaries to maintain staff from going to different companies.
“There’s a difference in salaries between $15,000 to $23,000, meaning an entry person will make $15,000 less as an operator one, and when they top out they will still be 20K less compared to what is being disbursed at Palm Beach County,” Sheriff Tony mentioned.
In the tip, the fee voted to have the county lawyer draft a plan to provide $4.7 million to BSO for 911 personnel for raises, retention and recruitment.
“This is something we have to figure out together and I appreciate what you brought forward today. I think the salary increases are justified. I think they make sense because of the competition,” mentioned Commissioner Beam Furr.
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The fee will vote at their subsequent assembly. This cash could be earmarked for the present fiscal yr. They nonetheless should work on a long-term plan.