Proposal Uses Existing Overtime Funds To Increase Corrections Pay
Dover, DE – Senator Dave Lawson (R-Marydel) today announced a proposal to increase pay across the board for Department of Corrections personnel using existing overtime funds.
“It’s time to do right by these corrections officers,” said Lawson, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. “We can use existing funds to pay these officers a more competitive salary, and in the process increase the quality and depth of the pool of new recruits.”
The plan would increase staffing by 180 new recruits, increase the starting salary of new corrections officers to $37,000, and increase pay for everyone currently in the Department of Corrections by $4,000, at a cost of around $15 million. Currently, $22 million is budgeted for overtime due to staffing shortages. The Lawson plan allows for the remaining $7-8 million to be used for necessary overtime and transitional costs like increased training hours.
“This plan will allow our prisons to be properly staffed by men and women who are paid a competitive salary,” said Lawson, a retired Delaware State Police officer. “They put themselves in harm’s way, and we owe it to the people of Delaware to properly staff our prisons. I look forward to discussing this proposal with the Department of Corrections and my colleagues on the Joint Finance Committee as we prepare this year’s budget.”