Sheriff’s Office puts out call for help
The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is looking for help.
Undersheriff Ron Cranor is urging qualified citizens who want to remain with the department for an extended time to apply for a job with the Sheriff's Office.
"It seems like if you gain three, you'll always lose one," Cranor said. "You can't get ahead of the game, I guess you can say. Just people always searching for a better job; they're not content."
When Sheriff Dave Zoellner took office 20 months ago, the department had 23 openings. Now, the department has about 12, Cranor said.
"Ever since they moved into this new building they've not been able to hire enough detention officers," Cranor said, referring to the Leavenworth County Justice Center, which opened in 2000. "It's more labor-intensive than the old jail."
To work in the jail, applicants must be 19, while deputies must be at least 21.
Sgt. Tom Johnson, who recruits, trains and evaluates background information and conducts internal investigations, said wages at the Sheriff's Office are competitive with other area law enforcement agencies. He listed other positives of working at the Sheriff's Office.
"The county's growing; that means we're going to grow," Johnson said. "Lots of opportunity to do jobs in law enforcement.
"To me, Leavenworth County is just a great place to live because of all our surrounding activities. I can work here, but I can still go down to the big city, but I just don't have to live there."