[Pennsylvania] Commissioners hear concern about probation services due to pay issues

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Pay issues are resulting in decades of experience leaving the Warren County Adult Probation Department.

The Warren County Commissioners want to address the problem, but a collective bargaining agreement that went to arbitration complicates the situation. Chief Adult Probation Officer Mike Walters told the Warren County Commissioners that his frustrations with the wage issue are “reaching a new level.”

He said that the department has lost 43 years of experience in the last year and a half and is set to lose another 19 soon “all due to pay.”

“We’re not going to be able to keep up the current level of supervision with a revolving door of new hires,” he said.

As a result, a proposed memorandum of understanding was tabled Wednesday.