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Eagle County is hiring – jail guards

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoTwo Eagle County Detention Center inmates play a game of handball while senior Deputy Wendy Hohman, left, and Deputy David Dinowitz watch

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of training two new employees and looking to hire and train two more so they’ll be ready to work in the expanded justice center when it opens at the end of next year in Eagle County, COlorado.

The commissioners approved spending $99,903 Tuesday, which will cover training for the four new employees this year.

The spending was part of the third supplemental budget approved by the commissioners in 2009. The budget also included $500,000 for new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, ECO Transit and the airport.

The money came from the county’s contingency fund. The fund had $4.6 million in it and is now just under $3 million.

“We still have in excess of $2 million in the contingency to cover the decrease of sales tax and our other funds are still in good shape,” Finance Director John Lewis said.

Right now, the new hires in the Sheriff’s Office are being trained to work in the central control room of the new jail, said Jail Administrator Bill Kaufman. The plan is to eventually move those employees into supervisor positions once the jail opens and then hire four new employees, Kaufman said.

“They’ll already have the feel of the jail,” Kaufman said. “There will be a smaller learning curve.”

But there may be some wiggle room the way the hiring plays out, he said.

“If it works that way, wonderful,” Kaufman said. “If it’s some variation that’s wonderful as well.”

Work on the $24 million justice center expansion project started in November and should be completed by November 2010. The addition will increase the jail capacity by 65 percent.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.

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