- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Shawnee County district attorney told commissioners during a budget meeting that his office needs more space and better salaries.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1MuYwo7 ) District Attorney Chad Taylor told commissioners Wednesday his office is losing staff to competing prosecutors’ office in Kansas. He said an entry-level position in the Shawnee County DA’s office is $50,003, which is about $11,000 less than in Johnson County.

Taylor also said he’s requesting off-site space for some of his departments.

Commissioner Kevin Cook says the county is conducting a study to help determine competitive wages for its employees.

The district attorney’s budget for 2015 was about $3.8 million. Taylor has requested about $4.3 million for 2016.

The commissioners will continue to hear from county departments and officeholders while building the county’s 2016 budget.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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