So much for the whole “Measure Z isn’t doing enough to meet demands for public safety.”
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s press release (reprinted in its entirety below):
- 2 deputies sworn in, for a total of 7 in field training.
- 2 additional hires set for the end of August (pretty impressive, considering that funds to initiate the hiring process only became available in June)
- One item that really sticks out: “The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the testing process with Humboldt County Human Resources (HCHR) to fill an additional (8) eight more Deputy Sheriff’s openings. Over 100 applicants are vying for these (8) open positions.”
100 people competing for 8 positions? Remember how we were told it was impossible to recruit and retain new deputies because of non-competitive wages? Looks like there’s a ton of motivated young Wyatt Earp’s out there. Good for them, and welcome!
The real question comes: What P.R. stunt is the HDSO going to pull now, in order to convince us that they should get more money? Hmmm…Don’t forget that pay increases for those deputies increase the money flowing into the HDSO coffers.
But we are sure the HDSO is only concerned about your safety – it says so on their fancy website.
On a semi-related side note, we want to give a shout-out to Deputy Buzzard for helping out some good people in Humboldt County.
Also, that’s a killer name. That’s all.
The Press Release:
Two new Deputies hired with Measure Z funds
Sheriff Downey is pleased to announce the swearing in of (2) two new Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff’s. The two new deputies are Eric Masaki from Eureka and Andrea Sherrod from Arcata. Both new employees are recent graduates of the College of the Redwoods Police Academy.
With the swearing in of these two new deputies the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office currently has a total of (7) seven new deputies in the field training program. Two (2) additional deputies are currently scheduled to be hired on August 31, 2015.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the testing process with Humboldt County Human Resources (HCHR) to fill an additional (8) eight more Deputy Sheriff’s openings. Over 100 applicants are vying for these (8) open positions.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently working with HCHR in the testing process to fill (17) open Correctional Deputy positions in the Correctional Facility. There are currently (4) four new Correctional Deputies in the Field Training program.
The Sheriff’s Office currently has an opening for a Senior Correctional Deputy position and a Supervising Correctional Deputy position that will be filled in the near future.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently working with HCHR in the testing process to fill (4) four open Public Safety Dispatcher positions
Two Community Services Officers have been given formal job offers and will be hired on August 31, 2015. Two more Community Service Officers are currently in background.
The Sheriff’s Office in the near future will have recruitment for an Animal Control Facilities Manager.
We are looking for motivated, hardworking, men and women, who have integrity, good communication skills, and physical ability to become one of Humboldt County’s finest.
If you have any questions about the current openings please contact Human Resources at 707-476-2349. Multiple open positions are made possible through funding from Measure Z.
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing competent, effective, and responsive public safety services to the citizens of Humboldt County.