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Ahead of more pay raises, WV Corrections steps up recruiting


March 27, 2019

Ahead of more pay raises, W.Va. Corrections steps up recruiting


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With several additional pay raises on the way, West Virginia officials have organized a series of one-stop career events to recruit correctional officers and staff.


All correctional employees will receive the second of three annual $2,000 increase on July 1. That will bring the starting salary of an entry-level correctional officer, for instance, to $28,664.


Gov. Jim Justice also secured a 5 percent raise for all state employees in his successful 2019-2020 budget proposal. That means a $2,370 boost for potential recruits – if they join the state payroll by June 30.


Correctional employees will receive another $2,000 raise on July 1, 2020, for an annual hiring rate of $30,664. Accompanying these multiple raises is a revamped career advancement path. The benefits package for starting officers, meanwhile, is around $13,776 and includes comprehensive indemnity health insurance, term life insurance, and an outstanding defined benefit pension plan.


Upcoming One Stop Career Events (each is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.):

·         March 30: Elkins Workforce WV Office, 1023 North Randolph Ave.

·         April 6: Salem Army National Guard Armory, 2265 W. Main Street, Salem (changed from Clarksburg Workforce WV Office)

·         April 13: South Central Regional Jail, 1001 Centre Way, Charleston.


Additional events will be announced for May.

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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov