Sheriff's department to host job fair

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's new education incentives for public safety will be put to the test this weekend, when the sheriff's department holds a job fair.

The department has 30 openings and will add another 15 positions in July and 18 in October. In a few months, a jail expansion will open, making the hiring period crucial to the department.

"We've got a ways to go (in hiring)," Sheriff Butch Conway said last week, when officials announced new incentives to bring in more qualified applicants.

A year ago, the county boosted starting salaries and began offering a $2,000 hiring bonus to get people in to both the police and sheriff's department.

The incentives announced last week will give people with an associate's degree a 3 percent boost in salary and those with bachelor's degrees a 6 percent boost. Extra pay will also be added based on the level of advanced training employees receive.

The job fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

For more information, call the recruitment office at 770-822-3134 or visit www. gwinnettcountysheriff.com. To apply online, visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com.