Inspectors Hard To Come By In Nebraska

January 18, 2000

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Faced with a shortage of inspectors, Nebraska Gov. Mike Johann is pushing a controversial proposal to merge truck enforcement division officers with the State Patrol.

Critics say the merger would put truck-inspection duties low on the patrol's list of priorities and it would not last.
The effectiveness of the motor carrier division is a source of concern. The number of truck inspected has dropped 39% in two years, a statistic State Patrol Superintendent Col. Tom Nesbitt blames on the carrier division's high turnover rate. Truck inspectors keep applying to be troopers because they get more money and have the chance to rise through the ranks. The governor said a merger would remedy the turnover problem.

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