So far this year, the Leavenworth County has had a 142 percent increase in turnover compared to the same time last year.

So far this year, the Leavenworth County has had a 142 percent increase in turnover compared to the same time last year.

That is according to Human Resources Director Tamara Copeland. She provided a quarterly report Thursday to the Leavenworth County Commission.

"That is extremely high, but it is only the first quarter," she said.

During the first quarter of 2016, the county government had turnover in 29 positions. There was turnover in 12 positions during the first quarter of 2015. The county has 420 employees.

She said the county government's overall turnover rate in 2015 was more than what is considered the Midwest average.

Commission Chairman Bob Holland said he assumes an updated pay plan would address the turnover problem.

Copeland has been working to prepare a proposal for updating the county government's pay plan.

"One of the major reasons people are leaving is pay," she said.

Copeland said the top three county departments in terms of turnover are the Public Works Department, Leavenworth County EMS and Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

She said the Sheriff's Office has the largest cost associated with turnover because of the expense of training new officers.

Copeland said the Human Resources Department has experienced increased expenses as well because of the turnover. She said her office has costs associated with screening applicants.

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