Alcorn County taking applications for correctional officers, nurse

By Lena Mitchell / Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Alcorn County is about two months away from taking the keys to a new justice center to begin operations in early spring.
Among the services included at the facility are the county jail, regional jail for state inmates, restitution center, sheriff’s office, Corinth Police Department, E-911 offices, emergency management, justice court and municipal court.
Applications are being accepted at Corinth’s WIN Job Center for correctional officers, a nurse and a warden, with application screening and interviews to begin in February, said Sheriff Charles Rinehart.
“We ran ads in the paper and people are filing applications with the WIN Job Center,” the sheriff said. “We’ll probably start looking at those and interviewing the middle of February.”
Hiring the 50 or so new correctional officers – jailers – is key to staying on schedule with the plan for having state corrections staff train the officers before state inmates are transferred.
They’re also accepting applications for the facility’s nursing office and for the warden.
“We’ll look at the warden candidates, but that will have to be approved by (state Department of Corrections Commissioner) Chris Epps,” Rinehart said.
In addition to prospective employees, a few potential vendors and contractors have made inquiries about the timing for proposals, and some have already made presentations to the board of supervisors.
Consultant Irb Benjamin of Jail Development Management & Consulting in Jackson has been the county’s key resource in preparing for the jail’s construction and will guide them through contractors and staffing.
The county board has heard presentations from one food service vendor and a phone service operator, but they’ll also consider proposals for jail operations, health care and possibly other services, he said.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.