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July 02, 2008

Juneau, Alaska ­ Lemon Creek Correctional Center (LCCC) is looking to fill five Correctional Officer vacancies. The positions have been posted on the state's hiring website (Workplace Alaska) and will be open through July 25th, according to Lt. Harold Green, who is overseeing the recruitment process at the state prison. The present vacancies are the result of retirements, resignations and a transfer.

LCCC has maximum capacity of 228 inmates and employs 53 uniformed officers. The facility holds sentenced and unsentenced inmates, male and female.

At LCCC new Correctional Officers (CO I) earn $18.94 hourly. After 12-14 months the rate increases to $21.46 (CO II). Officers work an 84-hour week, on a week-on, week-off basis, alternating between a week on day shift and a week on night shift.

"Being a Correctional Officer is not like the movies," said Kevin Brew, special assistant to Commissioner Joe Schmidt responsible for recruitment. "The biggest part of the job is person to person communication; your best skills are being able to think on your feet, read other people, and communicate effectively. You don't need a military or law enforcement background to be an excellent Correctional Officer and while you need to be in reasonable physical shape you don't need to be a gym rat."

The week on-week off schedule is an attractive feature of the job, Lt. Green said. "A lot of our people do work on their week off, but for others it's an opportunity, twice a month, to really enjoy the recreational opportunities Alaska offers."

New hires will attend the department's Correctional Officer Academy in Palmer. Interested applicants may call Lt. Green at (907) 465 6288.


On the Web:

Workplace Alaska

Lemon Creek Correctional Center

Source of News:

State of Alaska - Department of Corrections


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