CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- After all seven full-time West Virginia State Police dispatchers left their jobs at a dispatching center in Bardane, W.Va., this summer, pay for the jobs has been increased by $5,000, a state police official said.
When the dispatchers left the center, starting pay for a state police dispatcher was about $16,500 a year.
By comparison, starting dispatchers could earn about $31,000 a year at Jefferson County's 911 center, about $27,000 at Berkeley County's 911 center and about $25,000 at the Martinsburg Police Department, state police officials said.
Local officials said the situation was another example of how low salaries for state employees are affecting state government operations in the Eastern Panhandle.
The $5,000 pay raise for dispatchers went into effect at the beginning of the month, state police Lt. Col. Steve Tucker said.