- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Flagstaff police officials say they’re struggling to hire and retain police officers and dispatchers.

Police Chief Kevin Treadway and Deputy Chief Dan Musselman met Friday with city councilors to discuss pay and benefits as the city prepares to enter budget discussions with hearings next week.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1OqDzuk) the department has lost a large number of officers and dispatchers over the last several years.

The department is budgeted for 114 commissioned officers but has had a nearly 30 percent vacancy rate since 2013. Since July 2013, it has lost around 16 officers.

In exit interviews, 83 percent of departing officers said they weren’t satisfied with their salary and 70 percent said the cost of the benefits package was too high. Many also were unsatisfied with their supervisor.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, https://www.azdailysun.com/

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