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Marshall County hires 5 correctional offices, more needed

The 5 new hires will be correctional officers. Previously, the department had been short 10 total male correctional officers below funded staffing levels.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 11:01 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 9:05 AM

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said they are currently training five new people to become correctional officers at the county jail.

The department did not give a specific timeline for when the five new hires will start working.

Once they go through training they have to go to jail certification school, which they said will happen as soon as possible.

The department still has five open positions for male correctional officers at the jail.

They said they are hopeful to fill those positions in the coming weeks.

The department is sticking to the assertions they made after the riot in the jail when they said it is hard to fill positions because of the low starting pay.

According to the Marshall County Commission, the starting pay is just below eleven dollars an hour for correctional officers, which eventually gets up to twenty three dollars an hour over time.

Previously, the county commission told WAAY 31 the Sheriff signed off on a wage study done by Jacksonville State University, which determined the wages for all deputies and correctional officers.

On Wednesday the sheriff's office said the commission makes the final decisions on pay scale and how much funding the office gets.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office did not directly answer in an email about whether or not the Sheriff signed off on the wage study done a few years ago.

WAAY 31 reached out to jails in surrounding areas to see if the wages are competitive, but have not gotten those specific numbers yet.

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