Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell said he’s looking for a few good men and women to work as correctional officers at the county jail and regional correctional facility.
“We need people who are looking to start a career,” he said. “Whether the person moves up through the ranking as correctional officer or are looking to get a head start on another law enforcement-related career, a correctional officer is a great place to start.”
Now hiring two to three full timers and several part timers, Warden Josh Davis said the job includes overseeing inmates on a daily basis and supervising and escorting prisoners between different parts of the facility.
“It’s not a hard job, since there’s really no manual labor,” Davis said. “It can be stressful at times, but rewarding as well. Being a correctional officer is important and the right person can make a difference.”
Positions starts at $9 per hour with a .50 cent increase after a six-month probational period.
“There are opportunities for advancement and as a person moves up the ranks there are additional bumps in pay,” he said. “State retirement and full health insurance are big deals and both come with a job here.”
The jail currently has 20 correctional officers on the regional side and 16 on the county side. The position works 14-day months in 12-hour shifts. Davis said around four officers work per shift.
Requirements for hire include being at least 18 and having a high school diploma or GED. A background check and drug test are also performed.
“We have ample opportunities for people to get more hours to help cover other shifts, as well,” said the warden, who came onboard at the local correctional facility in 2016.
Since beginning at the jail, Davis has worked swiftly to change the public’s perception of the facility.
“I wasn’t here before, so I don’t know first hand, but I hear it all the time,” he said. “People who think the jail is mismanaged. We have done a lot recently to correct that. We don’t want people coming to work here who think it hasn’t changed.”
An updated security and camera system, improved radios and other commutation devices and a change to the rank structure are just some of the things Davis has enacted in his short time at the jail.
A certified law enforcement officer since 2004, he began his own career as jail staffer.
“I always revert back to something I quickly learned when I first got into police work and I had the opportunity to work in a jail ... it changes a person,” said Davis. “You really get involved and see how it is inside a jail. You learn how to talk and act around inmates and other law enforcement officers, learn how to diffuse a situation and about different types of crimes, changes and bonds.
“Bottom line ... being a correctional officer is a great career starter.”
(Applicants can request a job application at the regional prison at 2839 North Harper Road in Corinth.)