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Gov. Bevin Announces First Salary Scale Adjustment in Over a Decade for State Employees

Jun 27, 2019

Credit Kentucky State Police

Gov. Matt Bevin has joined representatives from the Personnel Cabinet and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to announce an increase to the midpoint wage in the state’s salary schedule.

The change allows Kentucky state government agencies and departments to utilize their resources to improve competitiveness in workforce recruitment and retention efforts.

“Our state employees play a vital role in making Kentucky an exceptional place to live, and we are pleased to take this meaningful step on their behalf,” said Gov. Bevin. “It has been more than ten years since the Commonwealth adjusted its salary schedule, and this move will empower agencies to better retain their dedicated public servants and to attract new talent to their ranks.”

The adjustment provides governmental entities with the flexibility to increase the salary of employees who are currently below the midpoint wage, if that agency has the necessary budget resources. To obtain the increase, agencies will undertake an approval process with Personnel Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and State Budget Director John Chilton.

“Recruitment and retention of a talented workforce requires offering competitive benefits,” said Secretary Stephens. “Salary, while not the only tool, is one of the most important for providing a 21st century workforce within the Commonwealth.”

Probation and parole officers within the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Department of Corrections are one of the immediate beneficiaries of the adjustment. The Division of Probation and Parole (P&P) will be the first agency to utilize the new policy, providing increases to employees who are below the midpoint wage.

“P&P officers are taking on an ever more important role in public safety, and it’s essential that we offer competitive salaries to retain and recruit the very best,” JPSC Secretary John Tilley said. “I want to thank Gov. Bevin, Secretary Stephens and our dedicated team at the Department of Corrections for all their hard work to bring these raises to fruition.”

To see career opportunities in Kentucky state government, visit http://careers.ky.gov

(provided by Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor's Office)

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