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​Shawnee County District Attorney Seeks Higher Staff Salaries

The Shawnee County Courthouse (Image credit: Stephen Koranda)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County district attorney told commissioners during a budget meeting that his office needs more space and better salaries. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports District Attorney Chad Taylor told commissioners Wednesday his office is losing staff to competing prosecutors' offices in Kansas. He said an entry-level position in the Shawnee County DA's office is $50,003, which is about $11,000 less than in Johnson County. Taylor also said he's requesting off-site space for some of his departments. Commissioner Kevin Cook says the county is conducting a study to help determine competitive wages for its employees. The district attorney's budget for 2015 was about $3.8 million. Taylor has requested about $4.3 million for 2016. The commissioners will continue to hear from county departments and officeholders while building the county's 2016 budget.


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