Some 250 employees will be needed for phase one operation of the state's new satellite prison to be built at Gunnison, and it is expected that about 225 of them will be hired locally. Others will fill key administrative positions.
Estimates have been released by the State Department of Corrections regarding training requirements for potential employees at the prison.As the prison expands with further construction and an increased number of inmates, about 200 more employees will be needed under phase two and a similar number under phase three.
Estimates were released by the State Department of Corrections regarding training requirements for potential employees at the prison.
Several contract personnel will also be needed under the phase one operation. These will include a pharmacist, physician, psychiatrist, physical therapist, dentist, lab technician and X-ray technician.
Corrections officers will be the category in which the largest number of employees will be needed, requiring nearly 100 such employees.
The list of potential employees includes about a dozen nurses, a substantial number of clerks and secretaries, five boiler operators, seven chefs, five teachers and six social workers. In smaller numbers, employees will be needed for positions related to grounds, vehicle maintenance, warehousing, mail, a religious coordinator, librarians, a computer technician, a carpenter, painter, plumber and a welder. There will be other positions requiring one or two employees.
A warden will be assisted by three deputy wardens, several lieutenants and other administrative personnel who will be moved to Gunnison from other areas.
Contracts are not being let for some phases of construction, and Snow College is offering courses to train potential prison employees.
About 500 inmates will be housed at the prison during the first phase of operation. The number is expected to be ultimately increased to about 2,000.
It was also noted that inmates will receive education while serving sentences. Vocational education will be provided from the kindergarten level through the 12th grade. Higher education will also be provided.
Programs may also be held that will include public participation.