Communications Division personnel get pay hike
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Commissioners Court has granted a revamp of the Communications Division at the Sheriff’s Office.
After the vote last week, a tough job that has gotten little recognition and abysmal pay for years at the sheriff’s office will see a much needed pay boost. Along with the pay increase, a career ladder had been developed with the creation of new positions.
According to Major Chad Norvel, who heads up the Administrative section of the sheriff’s office, starting pay for Telecommunications Officers (TCO I), TCO II and TCO III positions all received pay increases of 4.53 percent and 6.31 percent, respectively, with those amounts going on top of the 3.63 percent raise commissioners approved for sheriff’s office law enforcement personnel in October. “Our dispatch unit is the third busiest 911 center in the region with more than 190,000 911 calls per year,” said Nehls. “We also are the only Dispatch Center that dispatches EMS and we have now added mental health training requirements.”
Nehls said the raises will enable the sheriff’s office to recruit personnel for the Dispatch Center as well as retain personnel who are already on the job. Aside from their duties as dispatchers for the sheriff’s office these same communication personnel also dispatch for 11 fire departments, EMS, and numerous smaller law enforcement agencies throughout the county.
The Dispatch Center has openings. An application form is available on the Sheriff’s Office webpage on the Fort Bend County website, www.fortbendcounttx.gov.
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