COBB COUNTY - After the Cobb County Commission this week voted to create 40 more positions on the police force, are the manpower problems solved?
Among most officers and supports, the answer seems to be, “hardly.”
Cobb County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to hire 40 more police officers, bringing the department’s authorized strength to 649. But in addition to those 40 new positions, approximately 30 job assignments at the department remain unfilled.
Cobb cop-turned-attorney Lance LoRusso says it’s a job few people want, given what the county is offering in terms of compensation.
“There’s a way to fix this,” LoRusso told WSB’s Pete Combs. “It’s by attracting more officers.”
County Chairman Tim Lee says he’s working on doing that. But he said nothing will happen right away.
“We’re in the process of reviewing that holistically, but it’s going to take about a year to do,” Lee said.
LoRusso and many current officers call that year-long wait unacceptable.
“You can’t wait that long,” LoRusso said.