The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has been having serious position vacancy issues with detention officers for years and years now, however, in the new economy, with greater demands for a smaller workforce, that problem has grown to new heights.

The issue comes up in one way or another at nearly every Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting and on Thursday, July 14, the department put out yet another press release asking everyone in the county to at least consider the job, which seems to add more perks each day.

The new press release points out that, right now, the county is offering a $5,000 signing bonus for detention officers.

There are too many other benefits to name here, but given the county’s seriousness in getting new guards and other detention staff, anyone willing to consider that occupation should at least explore what’s available.

Later this month, the department will be holding an information session on how to become a certified detention officer with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department. The session will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Department’s Administrative Office at 400 W. Washington St. in downtown Greensboro next to the new jail.

Department officials state, “Regardless of whether you have or have not applied but would like to gain additional employment information about the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, please join us during this informative session where we will discuss Pay, Incentives, Certification, Schedules, etc.”

Given the current nature of the problem, if you’re serious about taking a job as a Guilford County detention officer, you might even want to make a list of a few demands of your own if you take the job.

Anyone who wants to sign up for the information session can call the department’s Personnel and Training Division at 336-641-3387.  They will be extremely glad to hear from you.