By Jen Kastner
MIDLAND- On an average weekend night, the Midland County jail often brings in around seventy arrested people. With the boom, jailers are busier than ever. The need for more help grows every day.
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says, "We are constantly trying to find good people to work here."
With the population growth, comes more arrests. It can often take days now to get an inmate booked.
'You [have to] get their mug shots and their fingerprints and so on," Painter said.
On a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, the jail might be taking in up to six dozen new people and that is alot of work.
"There's always a need for jailers. People leave. They go to the oilfields and they have family situations that come up," Painter said.
He says, if you're interested in a career in law enforcement, being a jailer is the absolute best place to start.
You must be at least 18 years-old with a high school diploma or GED. You must also have a clean record with no arrests.
Starting pay is around $31,000 per year. After three years, jailers receive a four percent raise every other year.
For more information, contact the Midland County Sheriff's Department at (432) 688-4600.