Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Montco employment fair draws 508 prospects

EAGLEVILLE Montgomery County, hoping to address understaffing at its Correctional Facility and Department of Public Safety, held an employment fair last week that drew more than 500 prospective applicants.

County spokesman Frank Custer said 284 people attended the open house for correctional officers, and 224 attended the open house for 911 dispatchers.

The applicants were able to tour the facilities, fill out applications, and complete the necessary tests and background checks that day.

"These open houses exceeded our expectations, and will give us a strong and deep reservoir of talent from which to choose to fill these important positions going forward," said Donna Pardieu, Montgomery County's director of human resources.

As of last week, the county had about 20 vacancies for each position. But turnover, attrition and a long training and hiring process mean more opportunities may be available.

- Jessica Parks

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