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Bonuses to come for McDonough County 911 dispatchers

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- 911 dispatchers in Macomb will receive a pay bonus for COVID-19 hardships on the department.

This comes after Monday night's county board meeting where members voted to pay a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act funds they received to law enforcement agencies in the county.

McDonough County Sheriff Nicholas Petitgout said Tuesday because dispatchers are needed 365 days a year, 24/7, none of them had the opportunity to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To compensate for their hard work, he said now full-time employees will get a $2,500 bonus and part-time workers will get a $250 bonus.

"In order to retain people, I think going above and beyond, which is what we're doing, says a lot for our current employees and know that they're appreciated take care of them," Petitgout said.

He said now that it's approved, he expects them to receive the money before the end of October.

Petitgout said the money is coming from a portion of the $5.7 million the county received in ARPA funding.

He said deputies and jailers have also been approved to receive a bonus.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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