Collier Co. Sheriff's Office holds first job fair in six years
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CREATED Jul. 27, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 27, 2013
NAPLES, Fla. - You may have noticed quite a few Collier County Sheriff Deputies at the Coastland Center Mall today.
But it wasn't an emergency. It was for a recruitment fair.
"We have recruiters here to answer questions, give out applications, and assist with applications," Darlyn Estes, Human Resources Director for the Collier County Sheriff's Office, said.
Those applications are for 236 openings in four departments: road patrol deputies, jail deputies, dispatchers and IT.
This is the first recruitment fair the Sheriff's Office has held since 2007. During tough economic times, almost $50 million was shaved off the budget. But now, the department is starting to bounce back, and that means it's time to start hiring again.
"We have had great response. I have about 50 applications so far, we had people waiting in line when we came this morning, so a lot of interest from the community," Estes said.
Like retired New York law enforcement officer Randy Newman. With 20 years of experience, Newman is looking to get back into the field here in Collier County.
"I heard they were the best," Newman said.
And stopping at today's job fair was a step in the right direction.
"Talking to different deputies, the school officers, the motor officers, the HR people, just to get a feel for what's going on and what they have to offer," Newman said.
But, there is one problem.
"There's so many different areas it's hard for me to choose," Newman said.
For more information on open positions at the Collier County Sheriff's Office, click here.