47 Deputies Left the SO; More Looking to Leave

Laramie County Human Resources reported 43 deputies recently left the Sheriff's Office causing a 26% vacancy in sworn deputy positions. There are also eight vacancies in civilian positions with the Sheriff’s Office. In March of 2022 a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office reported that four more employees left the agency, increasing the vacancy to 47 sworn deputies.

What is causing deputies to leave the agency in record numbers?

Laramie County Human Resources released the attached 2021 employee climate survey (full survey attached below) with employee comments, which might explain why employees are leaving:

· 55% of employees do not believe management takes employee feedback seriously

· 62% of employees believe the environment does not encourage high morale

· 62% of employees believe leadership does not communicate with employees

· 64% of employees believe leadership does not apply policy consistently

· 59% of employees believe they are not compensated fairly

· 48% of employees are looking for another job

Brian Kozak said, “The statistics provided by Laramie County Human Resources are indicative of a much bigger issue that needs new perspective to fix, and a hot topic the taxpayer should pay attention to. A high turnover rate is a significant waste of taxpayer dollars; the cost of recruiting and training a new deputy can cost $100,000. Additionally, employee well-being, pride in their work, and the cost to the citizen not getting the service they deserve is unapparelled.”

The survey revealed that 59% of employees believe they are not compensated fairly. Sheriff Glick will be working with the County Commissioners to raise the pay of county employees during the budget process. Equitable pay is a step in the right direction; however, the survey showed employees are more concerned with leadership issues.

The survey also revealed 94% of employees believe they work well with their coworkers and 81% believe their immediate supervisor is helpful. Kozak said, “This means if we can improve the leadership culture with upper management, we can retain good people”. Several employees have inquired if Kozak would hire them back if elected Sheriff. Kozak said he would allow all former employees to reapply for their jobs; however, stressed, “I hope they can stick it out for another few months because the public needs them. As soon as I take office, we will work together to improve the leadership environment.”

The Cheyenne Police Department was known to have a low turnover rate when Brian Kozak was the Chief of Police. A climate survey conducted in November 2020 revealed 98% of police employees approved of Kozak’s leadership and 100% believed the agency was being led in the proper direction.

Sheriff's Dept. Employee Survey
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April 11, 2022: CPD survey added at the request of readers

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