By Ethan Colbert
A pay increase may be on the horizon for the state’s 11,200 Department of Corrections employees, according to Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe.
Precythe made the announcement during one of the two townhall-style meetings in Bowling Green on Friday.
According to Precythe, she and the rest of the department’s administration are viewing pay increases as “the number one push” for the department during the upcoming legislative session.
“We need to increase pay across the department, not just for one or two particular departments,” Precythe said. “We recognize that every job that we do in our institutions, every single one of them, is critical. Every job has the potential to put someone in harm’s way.”
Legislators are due to return to the Capitol City in early January.
Among those returning to Jefferson City is local state representative Jim Hansen (R-Frankford), who on Friday voiced his support for pay increases for the department of corrections.
However, the push for pay increases is not waiting for members of the General Assembly to return to their chambers, as both Hansen and Precythe said they broached the subject of increasing salaries of the department of corrections employees during a recent meeting with Governor Mike Parsons.
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