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Department of Corrections schedules jobs event for Luke Mill workers

May 1st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will hold a special Cumberland hiring event this Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, to recruit employees being unemployed by a nearby mill closing to be correctional officers.


The department is seeking to fill correctional officer ranks at it five Cumberland and Hagerstown facilities, which already employ hundreds of Cumberland area workers.


The department sees the event as a win for the agency and a good opportunity for the mill workers and anyone else looking for a job.


“They need good jobs and we need good employees,” Acting Secretary Michael Zeigler said. “We’ve had a longstanding partnership with the Cumberland region and know from the staff at our facilities that the area is stocked with exceptional workers.”


The event will be held at the administration building of the Western Correctional Institution at 13800 McMullen Highway SW in Cumberland on Saturday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Correctional officers start at a salary of close to $40,000 a year. The department also offers a 20-year retirement. Gov. Larry Hogan recently added further incentives such as a $5,000 hiring bonus and retention pay while exempting part of correctional officer retirement pay from state income tax.


WHAT: Correctional Officer Hiring Event


WHEN: Saturday, May 4th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

               Sunday, May 5th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


WHERE: Western Correctional Institution (Administration Building)

                 13800 McMullen Highway SW, Cumberland.


6 Responses to “Department of Corrections schedules jobs event for Luke Mill workers”

  1. May 01, 2019 at 4:13 pm, Brian Brady said:

    One thing’s for sure we know these jobs will never leave the future clients are moving here from Baltimore


  2. May 01, 2019 at 4:27 pm, Paolo Primavera said:

    Any employment for an unemployed individual is better than being unemployed. The sad issue is that all the knowledge and skills that the VERSO ex-employees will be lost. Guarding prisoners is a brain buster and menial skill set. Why can’t we as a local entity create something to replace the deserting VERSO CORPORATION.Put on your thinking caps and let’s brainstorm this calamity to our benefit. Forever Allegany.


  3. May 01, 2019 at 4:43 pm, Brian said:

    We know the state of Maryland will never try to shut these jobs down


  4. May 01, 2019 at 4:49 pm, Brian said:

    We need to do everything we can to support Northrop Grumman and other businesses that want to move to West Virginia or Pennsylvania when the state doesn’t try to micromanage your business for you


  5. May 01, 2019 at 8:17 pm, Brian said:

    Is Maryland working on this new ethane storage facility that will bring thousands of jobs to Appalachia


  6. May 02, 2019 at 8:48 am, J. Jolley said:

    I think the terms ‘brain buster’ and menial skill set’ are VERY offensive to all the Correctional Officers. My husband retired from the prison system and he had to be on mental high alert daily to be safe and keep his fellow officers safe. Correctional officers are a special breed. It is a well-paid job with great benefits.


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