A look at Wayne County’s worker shortage

“We’re in the process of trying to do the funding and trying to get everyone on board to try to make life better for employees at Wayne County,” says Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham.

Wayne County Juvenile Detention

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Wayne County does not have enough employees. One in four county jobs are vacant and more than half those positions are in the criminal justice system.

Some working in Wayne County government believe the job vacancies have hit a crisis level.

“We’ve got to be competitive, but ‘competitive’ is not just in wages… It’s also their work environment.” — Raymond Basham, Wayne County commissioner.

Listen: How Wayne County came to have a worker shortage.



Raymond Basham is the Wayne County commissioner for District 14. He says people need a path to work their way up the rung in Wayne County, and to receive benefits beyond more pay.

“We got to make sure that we provide proper healthcare for employees,” says Basham. “And we’ve got to be competitive, but ‘competitive’ is not just in wages, that’s what a lot of people are not talking about. It’s also their work environment.”

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