After a yearlong hiring hiatus, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has sworn in three new deputies, and plans to hire three more by next month.
The new recruits bring the sheriff’s roster to 133 deputies, the most it’s had since 25 people retired two years ago as part of a mass exodus due to public employee retirement benefits changing, said Sheriff Gene Kelly.
The three new hires— deputies Michael S. Garman, Ryan M. Weaver and Elizabeth M. Beistline— have already begun their six week training in the Clark County Jail.
Garman is a third generation sheriff’s office employee who served as a cadet for the past four years. Now two weeks into his training, he said he’s gotten a better understanding of some of the work that goes on behind-the-scenes that often “goes unappreciated.”
“It’s always running here, it’s a 24-hour business,” he said. “There’s a lot of interesting people and a lot of them are angry.”
While new hires are always anxious to get on the street, Kelly said working in the jail gives deputies a better understanding for their job, the community they serve and the criminals they catch.
“Arresting people is easy,” he said. “When you deal with them on a daily basis you get to know their names, their nicknames, you know them by their tattoos and you know their family members.”
The sheriff will hire three more deputies Aug. 5. Two of them will work in local schools and coordinate with D.A.R.E deputies as educational service officers, Kelly said. Another recruit will replace Deputy Dustin Hensley, who resigned earlier this month following his arrest for allegedly having sexual relations with a juvenile male. He also faces federal child pornography charges, according to court records.
The sheriff’s office never posts advertisements for deputy jobs, instead relying on the dozens of applications they receive weekly. Preference is given for those who have prior experience and have completed police academy training. While Kelly said it’s unlikely he’ll hire more deputies this year, he often fills positions for reserve deputies and cadets, which can turn into full-time jobs in the future.
“My hope is all (new hires) come here to make this their career. They are coming to this community, they grew up here, they went to school here and they live here,” he said.
For information on job opportunities, visit clarkcountyohio.gov and click on “Sheriff” under the “My Government” tab.
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