Wayne County to hire more than 75 jail guards

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Wayne County seeks to hire more than 75 jail guards and will host an event Saturday to recruit job candidates, officials said.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said his office plans to hire the guards to cut down on overtime at the county’s three jails.

“These new hires will provide an added level of security at our jails while allowing us to reduce overtime costs,” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said Tuesday in a statement. “This is good for our general operations budget and the taxpayers of Wayne County.”

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office is offering men and women interested in becoming a county jail guard the chance to take the job’s required physical abilities test for free. The county usually charges applicants $50.

Testing will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Cass Tech High School, 2501 Second Ave., Detroit.

“My office is working closely with the county to engage the new hires we desperately need to address the critical shortage of personnel and subsequent overtime,” Napoleon said in a statement. “We hope that by streamlining the process, interested candidates will be encouraged to come out knowing we’re doing all we can to get them in and working.”

Candidates also must pass a written exam and an agility test. New hires are reimbursed for the cost for those two assessments.

New Wayne County jail guards earn an annual salary of $28,284. New hires also receive a $1,200 annual bonus in $300 quarterly payments.

They also are enrolled in a 160-hour jailer training program. Hires who complete the program and are certified by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards will be granted full police powers, officials said.

After one year of service, jail guards can exercise seniority bid rights and may be eligible to transfer outside the jails.

For information about the job openings and requirements, go to www.sheriffconnect.com and http://waynecounty.com/phr/jobpostings.htm or call Matthew Bueter, Wayne County Personnel Department, at (313) 224-6086 or email mbueter@waynecounty.com.