Franklin County Sheriff Recruits Jail Deputy Candidates

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott begins recruitment of jail staff(Photo: Franklin County Sheriff)
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott begins recruitment of jail staff(Photo: Franklin County Sheriff)

Franklin County Sheriff Zack Scott Wednesday began recruitment of jail deputy applicants. But the recruitment efforts occur while the county commission studies jail staffing. The commission will meet later this month with a consultant it hired to study sheriff department management.

County commission president John O’Grady says the sheriff’s budget this year is $94-million or about 30% percent of the general fund. Commissioners want to control jail staffing costs. They approved money to train 40 new deputies with the understanding that some would be hired at lower pay rates. Currently, the starting pay for a sheriff’s deputy is nearly $43,000 annually. But, O’Grady says any changes in pay scales for deputies will first have to be taken up in bargaining talks between the sheriff and the police union.

“Well, the sheriff’s department has to negotiate that with FOP. We then would ratify a contract but they would negotiate that with the FOP” says O’Grady.

Sheriff Scott was unavailable for comment for this story. The job description says newly hired jail deputy duties include maintaining security, patrol and monitor jail floors, secure prisoner property and maintain reports. Deputies certified in peace officer training can transfer inmates, make arrests and guard prisoners who are hospitalized. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department operates two jails.

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