Setting Aside Money for Training Employees


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

Throughout the nation, cities are tasked with providing proper training for their employees and staying within budget.

The city of Twin Falls sets aside $378,000 each year for this purpose.

City Manager Travis Rothweiler explains the role of the city in training employees, saying, “want to provide training to all employees so they become more effective. We try to look for training opportunities that are close but national conferences occur where they are going to occur. We also want to look at online training."

Although this may seem like a lot of money, the city says it is less than one–third of 1 percent of the total budget.

And with 281 employees, there is a need for many types of training.
The city of Jerome goes through similar procedures to train 103 full time employees.

City Administrator for Jerome Mike Williams says, "we provide training opportunities for all of our departments so that's police, fire, library, etc. We want all of our employees to be up to speed with the latest and greatest."

For Captain Brent Hilliard with the Twin Falls County Sheriff's department, training takes on a different meaning, one that could mean the difference between life and death.

52 thousand dollars a year are set aside to make sure deputies are up to date.

This includes daily training.

Hilliard explains, "It gives you a scenario and it’s called a daily training bulletin. It just keeps them up to speed on the latest policies."

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