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Garfield County tries hiring bonuses to lure jail deputies

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Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said he plans to offer $2,000 hiring bonuses to address understaffing at the coun­ty jail.

Vallario also will offer a $500 recruiting incentive to employees who refer people who are hired and work out well for the Sheriff’s Department.

The jail has been 20 to 25 per­cent below full staffing for the last year.



Last fall, Vallario agreed to an 11 percent increase in starting jail deputy pay to $18.66 an hour, equal­izing pay between patrol and deten­tion deputies.

Vallario plans to use a federal grant to pay the bonuses.




Other area public and private employers also have had trouble fill­ing positions amid an oil and gas boom in western Colorado, including Garfield County.