Members of the Randolph County Commission heard details on the hiring process for two new deputies and two new 911 dispatchers at their regular meeting Thursday.
Sheriff Jack Roy told commissioners there have been 21 applications submitted for the two open deputy positions. The applicants will take a written test April 26 at the Wees Courthouse Annex, he said.
About 60 applicants for the pair of dispatcher positions were interviewed, 911 Director Jim Wise told commissioners Thursday. Background checks were also performed, he said.
Wise said that one of the two people chosen has worked as a dispatcher in Barbour County for more than a year, and is already trained and certified.
The two dispatchers will be hired as part-time employees, at least for the time being, Wise said.
"We'll address the full-time issue down the road," he said.
Commissioner Joyce Johns made a motion to approve the dispatcher hirings, and the motion was passed unanimously by the commission. Wise said the dispatchers will begin work April 30.
In other business, North Central Community Corrections Executive Director Travis Carter gave commissioners statistics about the community corrections program in Randolph County.
Participants in the community corrections program have committed a crime that carries a jail or prison sentence. Prior to being accepted into the program, each offender is screened by the circuit judge or magistrate to determine whether they would be a suitable candidate for community corrections.
There are currently a total of 51 offenders in the program, 45 of whom are Randolph County offenders, Carter said.
"We've had 61 offenders complete the program this (fiscal) year successfully," Carter said, adding that 35 offenders have violated the rules of the program and been returned to jail. Nineteen offenders have re-entered the program for a second opportunity, he said.
Five of the offenders have obtained their General Educational Development diplomas this year, Carter said.
The program has administered 712 drug tests of the offenders this year, of which 20 have returned positive results, he added.
The amount the program has saved the county this year by avoiding regional jail fees for the offenders is $764,264, Carter said.
Randolph County is the home office of NCCC, which also includes Pocahontas and Grant counties.
Commissioners also heard from County Clerk Brenda Wiseman, who said early voting for the primary election begins Wednesday in the James Cain Court House Annex and continues through May 5.
"We've had several people register to vote, and we've had several people change their party affiliation," Wiseman said. "I think it's going to be a big turnout this time."
The next Randolph County Commission meeting will be 1:30 p.m. May 3 in the James Cain Court House Annex in Elkins.
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