The Regional Jail Authority in West Virginia is looking to hire 100 full time positions within the next couple of months after a proposal is approved by the U.S. government. According to Executive Director Joe DeLong, the added employees will alleviate stress on current employees, burnout and the high turnover rates and make for a safer environment.
More importantly, the added employees will help to save the Regional Jails and the counties a large chunk of money, according to some county officials.
"They felt that if they hired additional folks that would reduce the costs," said Brooke County Commission Chairman Tim Ennis. "Hopefully what that does is reduce the amount that the county has to pay to house inmates there."
"That large amount of overtime that we are paying people, obviously we have to pay them time and half, so there's an added expense to pay somebody overtime as opposed to paying a person a full time position with an additional 33-35% in benefits so you have some savings there," said West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Joe DeLong.
Salaries for 100 new correctional officers for the state's 10 regional jails will cost about $2.4 million annually, but should reduce the authority's overtime pay costs by at least $3.6 million a year.
Once the proposal is approved anyone interested in applying can do so on the Regional Jail's website.