Security officers at Kentucky courthouse to receive significant raises

Photo of the Morton J. Holbrook Jr. Judicial Center from the Owensboro Times.

Things appear to be moving in the right direction at the Morton J. Holbrook Jr. Judicial Center in Kentucky as significant raises for security officers there were announced recently. Historically, security professionals have been notoriously underpaid, so it is virtually unheard of for security staff, both full- and part-time, to receive raises of more than 30 percent. Those currently employed will enjoy a higher quality of life, but just as important, moving forward, Daviess County officials will be able to be more selective in their hiring process, as higher wages generally will attract higher-caliber candidates. -- IFPO.

Owensboro, Kentucky -- Armed and unarmed court security officers at the Morton Holbrook Judicial Center will receive raises on Jan. 1 in a move that Daviess County Sheriff's Department officials hope will assist with hiring and retention.

Fiscal Court approved the raises, which go into effect when the sheriff's department's 2020 budget starts in January. Most of the court security personnel are part-time, with unarmed security officers earning $8 when hired and armed part-time officers receiving $11 an hour.

With the raises, unarmed court security officers will earn $12 and armed officers will earn $16 an hour.

"Hopefully, that will help us with our hiring" for the judicial center, said Major Barry Smith, the department's chief deputy. "We struggle from time to time to fill those part-time positions."

Three security positions at the judicial center are full-time and 18 are part-time. The part-time officers can work a maximum of 99 hours a month.

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