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Grand jury: Raises could stop juvenile hall turnover

Constant turnover at the Nevada County juvenile hall could stop if group supervisors there get a pay raise, the Nevada County grand jury concluded in a report released Thursday.

The 2006-2007 grand jury said health, safety and security issues from last year have been corrected. But pay and education disparities between supervisors and their counterpart correctional officers at the county jail continue to fuel turnover, the report said.

Planned raises for supervisors could help fill open positions, Chief Probation Officer Doug Carver said.



“We have a recruiting issue in finding qualified candidates for the position,” Carver said.

But the problem goes beyond pay.




“Public safety statewide is having greater difficulty in getting qualified applicants,” Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Five of the 18 positions at Carl F. Bryan II Regional Juvenile Hall were open when the grand jury toured the facility last November. Staffing remains the principal issue for the facility, the report said.

“A constant state of understaffing and turnover is not in the best interest of the wards,” the report said. “The staffing shortfall and resultant increased workload can be a stressful environment for staff members and potentially harmful for the wards. The result is neither group supervisors nor the wards are well-served.”

Salary ranges for supervisors at juvenile hall fall significantly below those of jail guards in some areas.

Yet the juvenile hall supervisors must have college classes, while jail guards need a high school diploma. Both have to have one year experience, and the correctional officers have to have an unspecified amount of added education and training.

Two positions have been filled at the juvenile hall since the grand jury’s visit, Carver said. Supervisors’ unions and the county board of supervisors would approve pay raises.

The new figures will be made public July 6 in preparation for the July 10 supervisors meeting, Human Resources Director Gayle Satchwell said.

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@the union.com or call 477-4237.


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