By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Tuesday was Deputy Brenda Bullard’s first day back at the Deschutes County Jail since graduating from the Corrections Academy.
Bullard and Deputy Chad Bach are among six recent graduates who spent six weeks in Salem training for their new positions.
An average day for a corrections deputy includes everything from security checks, to working at the Deschutes County Courthouse, to booking new inmates. Most importantly, it requires interacting with people on some of their worst days.
“It’s a big world and it can be a scary part of people’s lives,” Bach said. “But it doesn’t have to be if you can be kind and genuine and treat people like a person.”
Generally, the Corrections Division hires between five and 10 people twice a year. New deputies like Bullard and Bach will become more important than ever over the next few years as Baby Boomers are expected to retire, and others make moves into other areas of law enforcement.
“Everybody is struggling to find the best of the best, not only us but other partners in the law enforcement community,” said Deschutes County Sheriff’s Capt. Michael Shults. “So we have to keep recruiting. The Baby Boomers are all leaving and it’s time to bring in new individuals who really enjoy working with people.”
The Corrections Division will begin its next hiring process in the next couple of weeks.
If you’d like to apply please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/deschutes.