A Better Region 8: Persistence pays off for officers

A Better Region 8: Persistence pays off for officers

For almost 2 years, the Jonesboro Police Department fought for better pay and the implementation of a step plan for officers. Tuesday night, they won.

I say good job to the men and women of the Jonesboro Police Department for standing up for what they believe in, for putting a plan together along with the city's public safety committee and having the persistence to make it happen…even if it did take years to accomplish.

Toward the end of the police pay process, many non-uniform employees became vocal that they want raises and possibly a step plan too.

But it seems to me they are latching on to the police example by the coat tails with a "me too attitude."

Do non-uniform employees deserve the same kind of step plan and more money?  Yes.

But I encourage them to follow the police example and put a plan together, stand up for what they believe in, and present it to the right people so they can work to find the money to implement the plan.

In other words, you have to put in the work to make it happen.

As for the newly adopted police pay plan, the eyes of all of Region 8 are on Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott and the team running the police department. The plan was adopted, you've sworn in several new officers, and now we'll be watching to see if there is a reduction in turnover in the police department.

Public safety won this time. With everything going on in our country right now, proving to the rest of the world that Region 8 will do the right thing and take care of the people who protect us makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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