High County Turnover Costing Taxpayers

High turnover in the Smith County Sheriff's Department over the past six months is costing taxpayers more than $300,000.  That was revealed in today's Commissioners Court meeting.

The county's human resources director says since October, 30 jailers and other deputies have left the department. She says most of them were lured to higher paying jobs with the Tyler Police or Department of Public Safety.

"At the beginning, it's kind of an equal proposition," Denise Rebolini said. "But when you look at that salary sheet, you'll notice that a DPS officer is going to increase their salary at a higher, faster level than a deputy in our office would."

The county plans to work on keeping employees around longer to reduce the costs of training new workers.

Julie Tam, reporting.