City announces launch of three pilot programs to improve staffing levels at Louisville Metro Corrections

August 31, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) Director Dwayne Clark today announced three pilot projects designed to boost recruitment and retention of LMDC sworn staff.

“While public safety staffing in general is a challenge right now, staffing at Corrections is especially challenging.  We must address this problem with urgency,” the Mayor said. “I appreciate LMDC leadership and the unions working together on this innovative approach to increase our staffing. The dedication of the men and women who serve the community as civilian and sworn staff at Corrections cannot be overstated.”

The three pilot projects were developed in partnership with unions representing LMDC civilian and sworn staff, represented by FOP Corrections Union Lodge 77 and AFSCME Local 2629:

The first pilot project will provide financial incentives to LMDC employees who refer a candidate for sworn staff employment at Corrections. The incentives will be staggered as the recruit moves from training to swearing in, with a potential total of $1,050.00. The staggered method, with incentives increasing as the candidate moves through the process, is also designed to encourage staff to mentor their recruits and to be invested in the recruit’s success.

The second pilot project provides a hiring incentive to new recruits of $2,000.00, with successful candidates receiving $1,000.00 when they are sworn in and another $1,000.00 when they complete a probationary period.

The third pilot project aims to improve retention among sworn and civilian LMDC staff. Eligible employees who continue their employment with Corrections can receive up to $2,000.00 in Fiscal Year 2022, which began July 1.  Eligible employees working today on Sept. 1, 2021, will receive $1,000.00.  All of those eligible employees who are still working on June 1, 2022, will receive an additional $1,000.00.

“These incentives are meant to acknowledge the difficult job our highly dedicated staff is doing at a challenging time,” said Director Clark, “while also giving them the ability to further invest in Corrections’ future, by bringing us good candidates who will be mentored for success.  We’re very excited about this.”

FOP President Daniel Johnson said: “FOP Lodge 77 is excited to announce these three new hiring and retention incentives, created in collaboration with the Mayor’s office.  We are hopeful this will be the first of many initiatives to address staffing at Louisville Metro Corrections.” 

All three pilot efforts are designed to work in conjunction with one another. For now, the year-long pilot projects will operate only at Corrections. If successful, they could serve as models for other Metro Government public service agencies. 

“One of our priorities is ensuring a qualified, quality and fairly compensated public safety team in our city,” the Mayor said. “We want Corrections employees to ‘sign on, stay on, and bring on’ quality candidates to better our Corrections team. Starting these pilot efforts within Corrections makes sense, given the critical staffing challenges there, but we’ll be monitoring the programs as we go, and if successful, will work to expand to other public safety agencies.”

If you would like to apply for a job with LMDC, please visit the department website at Louisville Corrections Careers | LouisvilleKY.gov.

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