DeKalb CEO proposes adding $14.1 million to public safety budget for FY2022

FILE PHOTO: DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond gives a shoutout to mothers during the May 1 food distribution event at James R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. Thurmond said. “Honk the horns for all the mothers who are here this morning. Mothers we love you and we appreciate you and we thank you for the love and support that you’ve given all of us.” Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA – DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond recently presented a $1.2 billion FY2022 budget proposal to the Board of Commissioners that includes $14.1 million to improve retention, recruitment and training for police, fire, and other public safety personnel, a press release said.

“Our men and women who protect and serve the citizens of DeKalb are the most critical components of our workforce,” said CEO Michael Thurmond.

In addition to increasing the size of DeKalb Police department by 100 officers, the FY22 budget includes:

– Making the pandemic front line pay permanent with a 6.25 percent increase in compensation for eligible sworn public safety personnel

– a $3,000 retention bonus

– Increased starting salaries

– A $5000 hiring bonus for P.O.S.T. certified officers

– Increased 401(a) match

The budget proposal also includes a four percent cost-of-living adjustment for non-sworn county employees to help mitigate the effects of inflation. County retirees would also receive a two percent cost-of-living adjustment.

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