West suburban sheriff’s office raises salary and adds bonus to lure applicants

West suburban sheriff’s office raises salary and adds bonus to lure applicants

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — To deal with a shortage of deputies, the DuPage County Sheriff’s office is offering money to get more people to apply.

In addition to raising the starting salary by about $10,000, the sheriff’s office is offering bonuses to people with at least two years of certified experience as police officers in Illinois to become DuPage County deputies, explained Robert Toerpe, the law enforcement bureau chief for the sheriff's office.

"We also are offering a $15,000 signing incentive, which is not uncommon these days with law enforcement agencies," Toerpe said.

The bonuses will be paid out over three years as a way to discourage new hires from leaving.

Toerpe said retirements of veteran deputies, as well as limits on police training because of the pandemic, are why his and many other departments need to increase the pace of hiring.