Public service workers retiring, lack of interested candidates

Medford city officials are sharing a concern for finding public service workers, as many across the country are choosing to retire. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

Medford city officials are sharing a concern for finding public service workers, as many across the country are choosing to retire.

Medford city manager Brian Sjothun said 20 percent of the Medford Police Department and 30 percent of city staff are currently eligible for retirement.

Sjothun said there are is not enough people who are interested in public service wanting to take their place.

"If we don't have anybody locally that that fits for these positions, is having others understand what a great part of Oregon and part of the United States that we live in," Sjothun said. "Having folks think about relocating and understanding just what we have to offer here in the Valley."

City officials said the difficulties in finding prospective employee is not unique to the Medford area.

"We're at a real crossroads in in this country and finding people that want to be in public service and it is becoming a struggle for us to be able to do that," Sjothun said.

He said he wants to work to educate the community of the benefits to work inside a municipal office.

Currently, officials said there are nine open positions within the City of Medford, including Parks and Recreation attendant and an available police officer position.

While there are a total of 11 different city departments, Sjothun said they all work together as one team.

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