Construction at the new Trinity County correctional facility is almost done, and soon it will be time to install the necessary employees to run it.
Sheriff Tim Saxon said he’s excited that the jail is nearly complete, as it’s been a long time coming. He said there isn’t a firm completion date yet, but said staff are hoping it will be done by May.
“Then we have a series of certifications and security system testing that need to occur followed by training before the facility is certified by (Board of State and Community Corrections) to house inmates,” he said. “So we’re probably looking at a move in date around the end of summer. The Sheriff Administration Office’s will not be moving to the new jail, only the Corrections Division. Dispatch services will move once the facility is operational.”
Saxon said he asked supervisors for a staff allocation increase from 19 to 23 people, which was granted last year.
“So we are recruiting and trying to fill some openings,” he said.
Undersheriff Bryan Ward said the department is currently looking for 2 to 3 patrol deputies and at least six correctional officers.
“The priority for us is correctional deputies,” he said, noting that the department will hire continuously until the positions are filled.
“The process for hiring consists of a written test and interview, which is usually done on the same day. The top candidates will then have a full background completed,” he said. “Once the background is complete candidates will have to complete a psychological exam and complete a medical exam. Once all steps are completed an official offer for employment will be made.”
Pay for correctional deputies/dispatchers ranges from $2,738 to $3,328 per month and patrol deputies/dispatcher II are offered $2,994 to $3,639. Ward said the positions also offer the family like atmosphere of working in a small department and the opportunity to enjoy all the outdoor activities Trinity County has to offer.
“They’ll be getting into a new jail facility that’s really state-of-the-art with a new dispatch center,” Ward said, “and the sooner people get in, they can start looking at seniority down the line.”
The $20 million facility will have 72 beds, compared to the current jail’s 53. It will use a central guard location that offers direct views of all inmate areas, a vast safety improvement over the current jail’s facilities.
Saxon said the department would like to hold a grand opening, but it will likely not happen as long as COVID-19 is still prevalent.
“Dispatch will be moving up here,” Ward said. “Administration, patrol, investigations and evidence will stay at the other building.” Currently, correctional deputies fill a dual role as dispatchers, which Ward said will continue “for now.”
Asked about training, Ward said, “This is an entry level position for Correctional Deputies/Dispatchers. We will teach them how to do the job and they will be sent to a basic correctional academy within their first year.”
Those interested in a position should contact Trinity County Human Resources at 623-1325 or Undersheriff Ward at 623-3740.