Marlin Gusman tells City Council deputies are leaving the sheriff's office for higher paying jobs elsewhere
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman asked the City Council Monday to fund his budget adequately for the coming year.
During a review of the 2013 budget proposed by the administration for the sheriff's office, Gusman said he's losing deputies to higher paying jobs elsewhere.
"The deputies of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office are the lowest paid law enforcement officials in our region. As a result, we experience severe attrition among deputies."
"As they receive their training and certification with us, they move to other law enforcement agencies, earning salaries 30 and 35 percent higher than what they can make with the sheriff's office."
"It is critical that you fund the operations of the sheriff's office in a fashion that will give us a fighting chance at identifying and retaining the deputies we train and rely on."
The administration is recommending a sheriff's office budget of $22.4 million for 2013. The budget adopted for 2012 was $22.9 million.