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State puts out the call for corrections officers
Corrections Corporal Craig Orlando speaks with prospective employee Tyler Merrill of Litchfield at a New Hampshire Department of Corrections is holding a job fair in Manchester on Thursday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Statewide, Jeff Lyons, state corrections department spokesman, said the DOC is looking to employ a total of 66 correctional officers — 40 at the Concord prison, 20 in Berlin and six at the women’s prison in Goffstown.
A contingent of DOC corrections officers and state, DOC and union officials — George Copadis, commissioner of New Hampshire Employment Security and David W. Laughton, Local 633 secretary-treasurer were on hand in Manchester Thursday. At mid-morning, they outnumbered job seekers about 2 to 1.
Applicants must be at least 20 years old and have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. equivalent. No experience is required, although experience in correctional work such as with military police is desirable for a “corrections officer trainee,” a full-time position that pays between $32,365 and $37,648. The trainees earn another $1,300 annually in hazard duty pay.
“I would like to change my career path,” said Mutungi who was a teacher back in Kenya.
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