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      Sheriff's Office deals with high attrition rate


      Sheriff Kevin Sproul said during his five years in office, they've lost 132 employees. In the last year, 38 have left and 11 of those said they were leaving due to pay. / Courtney Highfield


      FOX 31 recently reported problems the Dougherty County Police Department and Dougherty County EMS were having with their attrition rate.

      Monday, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office told county commissioners they're having the same problem and addressed some of the issue in a letter given to commissioners.

      Sheriff Kevin Sproul said during his five years in office, they've lost 132 employees. In the last year, 38 have left and 11 of those said they were leaving due to pay.

      Over the past seven years, the cost of living has increased by nearly 13% but there have been no cost of living increases according to Sproul.

      Sproul said at first people were leaving for other local agencies like the Albany Police Department and he knew they couldn't compete. But now they're leaving for smaller law enforcement agencies in South Georgia which concerns him.

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