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Douglas County job fair focuses on hiring jailers

Applications will be taken at the event; interviews will take place on site.

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Government Center in Superior. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
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SUPERIOR — Douglas County is hosting a job fair for prospective jailers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the Government Center atrium, 1310 N. 14th St.

It marks a new initiative for administrators at the Douglas County Jail, who are seeking to fill six positions.

“Many people don’t know what a jailer’s job entails,” said Stacey Minter, lieutenant of jail operations. “We wanted to get the word out that we did have the openings, so we thought a job fair, showcasing the position, would be a great start.”

Someone from human resources will be on hand to talk about benefits; on site applications will be taken; and interviews will be held. Officers will be available to talk with visitors one on one.

“So they can ask people who are doing the job real questions and get real answers,” Minter said.

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Jailers work 12-hour shifts, usually three days on, three days off or four days on, four days off. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have a high school diploma and a driver’s license. They must pass both a physical examination and a background check to ensure they have no felony convictions.

“Truly, we’re looking for hard workers who are reliable and willing to learn, ideally looking for long-term employment,” Minter said.

One common misconception about the job is that law enforcement training is needed. That’s not the case.

“Our qualifications are not outrageous. We don’t require previous experience. We don’t require any type of secondary education ... You don’t have to have a degree. We will train you,” Minter said.

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Jail administrators have been stepping up recruitment efforts over the past year. A mailer was sent to Douglas County residents and job openings have been posted on social media. The way applications are posted have been changed to keep them open-ended.

The Douglas County Jail has set up a table at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College job fairs in the past. Jail administrators plan to expand their efforts by attending four additional job fairs in the fall—at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Northwood Technical College, Lake Superior College and Superior High School.

“We’re trying everything we can think of—new things, things we haven’t tried before, listening to people’s ideas and running with them to see if we can get the applications in and get people hired. I think it’s one of the things we’ve been most focused on this last year,” said Capt. Tyler Edwards, jail administrator.

A 23-year veteran in the corrections field, Edwards said the job of jailer is a good fit for workers of all ages. He called it a rewarding career that is never boring. There’s desk work, reports and research, but also a chance to get on his feet and work with inmates and learn something new every day.

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“Because you’re working with human beings. There’s always something new you never thought of before that you have to learn or deal with,” Edwards said.

There’s more to the job than dealing with inmates, however. Edwards said he’s been involved with different aspects of the corrections field throughout the state, working with other jails, different communities and associations.

“The more years I put in, the more I learn and the more excited I get about the job,” Edwards said. “It’s not a job for everybody, but if you need that variety in your life in working, this is a great place to get it.”

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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