On Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department announced that it will be seeking applicants at a career fair in Forsyth County rather than Guilford County. 

Usually, hiring events for Guilford County law enforcement officers or for other county employees are in Guilford County – but the Sheriff’s Department, which has been seeing a whole lot of vacancies these days is clearly willing to entice those in other counties to join the force.

 The job fair will be held at the Career Center of the Southeast at Hanes Hosiery Community Center, at 501 Reynolds Blvd. in Winston-Salem, on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Before attending the job fair and talking with recruiters from the Sheriff’s Department, all potential applicants are asked to visit the department’s website – at gcsonc.com – to read through the minimum employment qualifications, benefits and starting salaries for the positions.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, the event will be “an excellent opportunity for qualified and experienced officers in this and other surrounding counties to acquire fulfilling career employment with this agency. Additionally, it is also an excellent opportunity for prior military service and/or retired military service personnel who may be transitioning from the military back into civilian life to attend and learn about their employment potential with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.”

Those interested in attending or applying can contact Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mary Buchanan at 336-641-3333 if they have questions or need more information.

As part of the enticement process, the department has been paying better these days than in the past.  A highly educated and experienced detention officer, for instance, could end up with the maximum starting salary – $ 68,250 a year – and newbies with little education can expect a starting salary of just over $40,000 a year.

The event in Winston-Salem will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and organizers are encouraging Career Fair participants and recruiters to wear masks to the job fair.