TDOC gives green light to PPO salary increases as of July 1
Nashville, Tenn. – Following the postponement of COVID-19 salary increases for probation and parole officers in the Tennessee Corrections Department, Commissioner Tony Parker announced that the well-deserved salary increases will occur effective July 1, 2021.
This investment not only provides a significant increase in starting salaries for new PPOs, but also provides funding for each staff member in the probation / parole series to receive an increase of at least 7.5% of their current salary.
The proposal was originally announced in 2019 by Governor Lee and the General Assembly, however, COVID-19 has caused significant delays in approval and implementation.
In a memo sent to staff yesterday, Commissioner Parker wrote: “Our probation / parole staff supervise over 70,000 people in our communities. Every day, they accomplish our mission of effective community supervision by ensuring that those under our correctional control adhere to the following guidelines. These increases are worthy of the work they do every day to make Tennessee a safer place to live and raise a family. “
Salary increases for PPOs are just one component of TDOC’s recruitment and retention initiative. In April, TDOC began offering a hiring bonus of $ 5,000 to newly hired Correctional Officers (COs). In addition, the department offered a retention bonus of $ 4,000 to current COs to retain qualified personnel who work daily in Tennessee prisons, and a bonus of $ 1,000 to any TDOC employee who recruits a new one. CO.