Morgan County Jail looking to fill part-time positions

The Morgan County Commission approved 10 new part-time positions at the Morgan County Jail.
Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 7:21 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 at 8:07 PM CST
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MORGAN Co., Ala. (WAFF) - The Morgan County Commission approved 10 new part-time positions at the Morgan County Jail.

After being short-staffed 23 workers for quite some time, the part-time jailer positions will offer more help to the current staff.

Public Information Officer with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Mike Swafford, said the part-timers will be staffed during the busiest times of the day; the first few hours in the morning and evening hours. Though the jail may have been understaffed while tending to 644 inmates, Swafford wants the community to know that nothing has changed.

“The biggest message that we try to start with is; it’s not affecting our operations,” Swafford said.

Swafford urges those who might be interested in a career in law enforcement to apply for the position, as it is a great starting point for building such a career.

“What we hope people know is it’s a good career,” Swafford said. “We have people in the jail that have worked here 20-25 years.”

Due to the recent decision regarding permitless carry laws, sheriff’s departments across the might begin to lack funds crucial to operations. Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long urges everyone to make such issues known to their state representatives, as these sheriffs need all of the funds they can get.

“We encourage all the sheriffs and anybody to talk to their state representatives to make sure that they can find a source of funds to replace that because the sheriffs need all the funds they can get,” Long said.

Long also said the funds garnered from permit applications allow the sheriff’s department to fund deputy training and vehicle maintenance.

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