The pay raise, agreed to by state lawmakers, comes after complaints of low pay at the Washington State Patrol.
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers have approved $5 million in new funding to give pay raises to help recruit and retain officers at the Washington State Patrol.
Legislators included the money — a 5 percent salary increase — in a state supplemental transportation budget, which is to be directed toward the agency’s troopers, sergeants, lieutenants and captains.
A report late last year to the Legislature found troopers have been leaving the agency, citing numerous reasons, including low pay and unhappiness with management. Meanwhile, the agency has struggled to recruit new troopers.
Police departments in Seattle and Tacoma, and sheriffs’ departments in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties all offer more for starting and advanced pay than the State Patrol, according to the report.
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The supplemental transportation budget has passed both the state House and Senate, and now heads to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee to sign.