08 May 2011
The News Virginian

Set for approval next month, a 9 percent boost to the recommended Waynesboro Police Department budget would reflect a shifting landscape within the department and how it plans to retain a dwindling force, authorities and government officials said.

With the promise of raises for all sworn officers and an increase to the entry-level salary, Waynesboro City Manager Mike Hamp said he hopes to better compete with surrounding jurisdictions and stopper attrition. The funding will come mostly come from unfilled vacancies, Hamp said.

In November, The News Virginian reported that the department’s crunched budget, high turnover, aging equipment, and a growing city population had sent officer morale into the basement. However, speaking this week about the lifeline from City Hall, as well as the hiring of Michael Wilhelm as the new police chief, word from department spokesman Sgt. Kelly Walker rang positive.

“It’s a new day,” Walker said. “It’s a good day.”

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