GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — With almost 20 openings, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking staff to fill its needs.
There are currently 14 openings in the Garfield County Jail as a corrections deputy, and five openings for patrol deputies. In total, the Garfield County Sheriff says the county jail has 65 full-time staff members.
When there’s an openeing in patrol, we’ll have sort of a competitive testing process in our detention staff. And move one or two of those folks into, we’ll pay for their academy, we’ll put them through, and move them into our patrol division.Lou Vallario:
Sheriff Lou Vallario says they can’t do that right now because of the staffing issues in the jail. An experienced corrections deputy says this is a great way someone can get their foot in the door in law enforcement.
We actually hire a the age of 18. You can’t be a patrol deputy until the age of 21. So by the time you’re eligible to apply for the road, you already have three years experience. Which is a really nice thing we have to offer here. We hire under the age of 21. As of right now you can get out of high school making a good wage with full benefits and start a career sraight out of high school, which is not common.Brendan Dillon
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