Snow plow driver shortage could lead to winter mess in metro Detroit

(WWJ) -- Winter is coming, and an employee shortage could affect the roads.

Counties across the state are searching for plow and salt truck drivers to fill open positions before snow makes its way to Michigan.

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The highest number of vacancies are in Wayne County, with at least 50 spots that need to be filled.

Oakland County is looking for 30 workers -- 10 full-time and 20 part-time -- to plow the roads, and offering up $24 per hour for interested drivers.

The Road Commission for the county also says they will add 24 new snowplow and dump trucks to update an aging fleet this year.

Meanwhile, Macomb County is trying to entice candidates by offering competitive wages, benefits, and a serious bump in overtime pay.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports the shortage is more severe on the west side of the state, due to the fact that workers have taken jobs with companies in the private sector, such as Amazon.

Those interested in applying for a driver position in metro Detroit can find more information at the following websites:

Oakland County:

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