The Town of Hamburg solved the problem of filling a court security position by raising the pay.
Court officers will be paid $20 an hour, up from $15.29 an hour.
The court was having trouble finding court security staff, and Town Justice Carl Morgan blamed the low pay.
“No one’s interested,” he said. “Principally, because the rate of pay is less than what they’re paying for even part-time, off-the-books jobs for retired officers.”
The $15.29-an-hour pay had not been raised in years, Councilman Tom Best Jr. said.
Two of the town’s four court officers retired recently. The town was able to replace one, but had trouble finding another person willing to work for the money. The job usually is held by retired police officers. Morgan said he reached out to retired officers he knows to help staff the busy court, but did not find anyone willing.
But the town’s luck changed, and the 30 percent raise didn’t hurt. Right after raising the pay last week, Town Board members hired a new court officer.