County replaces jail guards with civilian officers

Measure meant to save money

Published On: Dec 10 2012 12:59:27 PM CST
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RACINE, Wis. -

Racine County will soon staff its jail entirely with civilian personnel at an estimated $100,000 in annual savings.

The county jail was once staffed by sworn sergeants, with a beginning annual salary of about $75,000. Like other big Wisconsin counties, Racine County looked for ways to save money and began to replace the sworn officers with civilian sergeants, whose starting pay is about $37,000.

Beginning in 2013, all nine sergeants at the jail will be civilians, whose training is focused on a corrections environment. The Journal Times reported two sworn lieutenants and one sworn captain will oversee the sergeants.