Charles County Adds 5 New Correctional Officers During Statewide Staffing Crisis

Despite staffing shortages across the state and country, counties continue to fill vital positions in public safety. 

Getting and keeping good people in government positions, particularly in specialized areas, is top of mind for all legislators heading to Annapolis this winter. Work force shortages have been plaguing governmental departments at the state and local levels. Regardless, county officials continue to plug away at making sure quality candidates are stepping into positions that local governments simply can’t do without.

Last week, Charles County celebrated the graduation of 5 new correctional officers from the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy. 11 correctional officers in total came out of this training which is a ten-week course and actually exceeds the state minimum for correctional officers working in local facilities.

From the ceremony press release:

“We’re very proud of all of these Officers for completing the academy, and grateful that they chose this particular career path,” said Charles County Detention Center Director Brandon Foster. “We welcome Charles County’s five newest Correctional Officers. We would also like to thank the Academy Staff for their dedication to providing top tier training to all of the officers who are entering our profession.”

Graduates also received superlative awards for exemplary performance in the areas os scholastic achievement, physical performance, and leadership.

Read the full Southern Maryland Chronicle article.