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.
Be sure and read the fine print. Mostly smoke & mirrors. There’s plenty of reasons people are leaving in droves, ands it’s not just Guilford County.
I was recruited by Sheriff Barnes in 2017 to become a detention officer. I was hired, completed training (finishing at the top of my class), and served as a “pod housing officer” for a year until Mr. Rogers was elected. At that point, I was fired for no reason, along with several dozen other detention officers and deputies. I was told that the new sheriff did not have a need for my services. They were short-staffed then. I was floored…one of the worst days of my life.
Will be thinking of you when we vote Rogers out in Nov!!!
Doubtful that there will be many takers, if any, as long as Rogers is Sheriff. Hopefully, we get a new Sheriff and then maybe a few will apply. However, if folks don’t get out and vote, the same uninformed citizens will vote for the same worthless incumbents, so we’ll remain in the same rudderless boat.
NOTE: I voted at the Lewis Recreation Center, for City Council, today (07/15) at 9;00 AM. I was the ONE and ONLY voter. Also, there was only one individual outside hawking a candidate (Hugh Holston). Incumbents are confident that they will be reelected; they’re probably correct.
All the more reason to VOTE!