Columbus Council approved Sheriff John Darr's request Tuesday night for $58,218 to develop a new promotional system for the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office.
When Darr was campaigning against incumbent Sheriff Ralph Johnson in 2008, he said the department's outdated promotions procedures were something he would change if given the chance.
"In an organization our size, we need a promotions program that will identify and promote the best, smartest people," Darr said Tuesday. "We're too big to do things the way we've been doing them."
The sheriff's department has 429 full-time and part-time employees, Darr said.
The majority of the money will go to the University of Georgia to produce test, a service the school already performs for the Columbus Police Department. There will be smaller expenditures every two years when the tests are administered, but the majority of the $52,000 is a one-time expense, Darr said.
There’s no time frame for when the program will be up and running, “”but the sooner the better,” Darr said.