Wyoming Highway Patrol struggles to recruit, retain staff

CHEYENNE – With rising cost of living far outpacing state wages, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says it can’t keep up.

In a letter posted Dec. 16 to the organization’s Facebook page, Wyoming Highway Patrol Association President Sgt. Duane Ellis wrote that a failure of the agency – and by extension, the state of Wyoming – to offer competitive compensation had left it without enough qualified applicants and struggling to retain staff.