Recently I asked for your assistance in getting the word out that we have detention jobs available in the county and you responded. We received and continue to receive many more applications than previously. Thank you!
However, our overtime costs have skyrocketed since the end of January even though our open positions remain steady. Total overtime doubled in less than three months; from $51,803 on January 29 to $103,552 on April 9, for each two-week pay period. Jail overtime alone grew from $20,000 to more than $50,000 over the same period.
The increase is so dramatic that the Commissioners Court will discuss the challenges and possible solutions, as well as a new part time/temporary initiative on Monday. This discussion is meant to help policy makers understand the challenges and find solutions.
There are several factors at play:
A new senior team is coordinating the jail and the hiring process
Employees can only sustain so much overtime before burning out
A strong economy entices entry-level employees to look elsewhere for more reasonable hours.