FLORIDA (WJHG) — As he concludes his final year as governor, Governor Rick Scott said he will fight for raising the pay of juvenile detention and juvenile probation officers in his last budget proposal.
The term-limited governor announced Friday he will propose a ten percent pay raise for juvenile detention and juvenile probation officers in his 2018-2019 recommended budget.
The Governor will recommend $8 million in pay raises to support officer recruitment and retention and to reward these officers for their life-changing work in the juvenile justice system. The State of Florida has more than 2,000 juvenile detention and juvenile probation officers.
Scott made his case.
“Over the past six and a half years, we have taken aggressive steps to reform Florida’s juvenile justice system. Today, I’m proud to announce that as part of my upcoming recommended budget, I will be proposing an $8 million investment for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to use as a ten percent pay raise for the recruitment and retention of detention and probation officers," he said.
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina K. Daly offered her support.
“I am extremely proud of the thousands of staff who come to work every day to change the lives of the youth and families we serve and the dedication they put forth in ensuring our communities are safer places to live, work and play. Governor Scott’s commitment to making Florida a leader in juvenile justice began on the first day of his administration and continues today, and I cannot thank him enough for his recognition of the importance of dedicating resources for the recruitment and retention of committed, high-quality employees,” Daly said.