Wis. governor wants to increase pay for COs

Wisconsin’s current $16 per hour salary for COs falls well below the regional average of $22


By CorrectionsOne Staff

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is proposing a pay increase for state corrections officers this week in his budget address.

Wisconsin’s current $16 per hour salary for COs falls well below the regional average of $22, Urban Milwaukee reports.

During a hearing last Wednesday, secretary-designee Kevin Carr said the Department of Corrections continues to struggle with staffing shortages. According to Carr, the state has a 16 percent staff vacancy for COs and sergeants.

“I believe the governor is going to address this issue in a very significant way,” he said.

Carr warned against the expectation of a large increase.

“We did not get in this situation overnight and we’re not going to get out of it overnight,” he said.

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2019 CorrectionsOne.com. All rights reserved.