Jail jobs are tough work
Since the jail has been a topic of discussion for a few weeks I want to focus on that area for presentation of information.
When I first became sheriff, the practice of hiring detention officers consisted of anyone 18 or older coming and putting an application in. The chief deputy and/or the jail captain would then call them in, talk to them and decide if they wanted to hire them. If they did want to hire them the applicant would be scheduled to take a physical, psychological and drug screen. If the applicant passed that, then they would be hired in. Typically the new hire would work up in the jail for four to six months and then be scheduled for the jail academy. Basically, they went on the floor with no formal knowledge. Some would have to be terminated because they could not pass the course and state exam. This is not an unusual practice for jailers in Texas. The state allows jailers up to one year to obtain their state license. However, during my first term in office several changes were made and the process for hiring detention officers was one of those.