Corrections recruiting continues
W.Va. – West Virginia is holding more one-stop career events for
potential correctional officers and staff, offering guaranteed pay raises and
clear paths for advancing up the ranks.
Three events are scheduled between Oct. 15
and Nov. 7. These events are designed to allow recruits to sign up on the spot.
Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma, a valid driver’s license
and passage of a physical agility test and a drug screening.
Thanks to a series of pay raises, the
starting salary for correctional officers is $28,664 and will rise to $30,664
on July 1, 2020.
In addition, officers who complete one
year of employment are guaranteed a promotion and a 7 percent pay hike,
bringing their annual salaries to $32,810. Pay increases further, to $35,106,
after one year in that promoted position and the officer advances further up
Besides these multiple raises and the
revamped career path, the benefits package for starting officers is around $13,776.
It includes comprehensive indemnity health insurance, term life insurance, and an
outstanding defined benefit pension plan.
Positions are available throughout the
Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation system, which includes West
Virginia’s prisons, regional jails and juvenile facilities. While each event is
tailored for the facilities in its region, job fair attendees can seek
employment throughout the system.
One-Stop Career Events (each is 9 a.m. to 7p.m.):
Oct. 15: Elkins Workforce West Virginia office,
1023 N. Randolph Ave.
Oct. 29: Clarksburg Workforce West
Virginia office, 153 W. Main St.
Nov. 7: Summersville Workforce West
Virginia office, 830 Northside Dr.