The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of hiring correction officers to help staff the Incarceration Facility scheduled to reopen this summer.
The office plans to open two 60-prisoner pods in the facility that closed at the end of 2009 because of county budget cuts. The first pod should open in June followed by the second in August, Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said.
Eleven of 22 correction officers needed have been hired.
Duchak said the department is not having trouble finding people. “With law enforcement, when we are hiring we have to screen people more thoroughly and, because of that, a lot of people are eliminated,” he said. “We’ve been happy with our hires.”
The first class of newly hired correction officers is undergoing training now as part of a three and one half week academy. Three hired have previous correction officer experience.
A second written test of job candidates was held two weeks ago with some of the 66 applicants eliminated through the initial screening process. Once those candidates all are reviewed and hiring made, a second academy will be held.
Duchak said about one in 10 applicants is hired after screening that includes physical agility, a background check and psychological exam, among other measures.
A specific opening date has not been set. The date for opening has always been “a moving target,” Duchak said.
The county commission Thursday approved a flooring project for the facility. The cost of work so far is around $184,000. That number does not include training, uniforms and other related costs.
Applications still are being taken for the correction officer position, but another written test has not been scheduled. The testing process will begin again if not enough hires can be made from the candidates now being reviewed Duchak said.