The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is in search of some new detention officers. GCSO will be hosting a job fair next week hoping to find candidates interested in joining the law enforcement group that serves all of Grayson County.


There are 10 positions open and with plans to fill the vacancies within the next two months, GCSO is recruiting at the event to be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday in the Grayson County Justice Center lobby.


Capt. Sarah Bigham said the GCSO said a number of detention staff will be on hand to answer questions.


“Detention is a great stepping stone into law enforcement,” Bigham said. “You learn a lot of different things working in the detention center. You see and work with a lot of the people in the field.”


The jail has a staff of about 100 and holds a daily average of roughly 400 inmates. Starting salaries for detention officers range from $38,000 to $49,000 and detention officers must be willing to work 12-hour shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.


“Their primary responsibility is the care, custody and control of the inmates,” Bigham said of the detention officers’ duties. “They make sure that everyone is safe is and doing what they need to be doing in the jail.”


Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high high school diploma or GED, and poses a valid Texas driver’s license. Other requirements include having no felony or Class A convictions and no Class B convictions within the last 10 years. Applicants who advance through the selection process will also be asked to undergo a physical readiness test, drug test and psychological evaluation.


“It requires no previous experience in a jail setting, but you’ve got to be able to stay calm, communicate well verbally, and be interested in learning,” Bigham said.


The Grayson County Justice Center is located at 200 S. Crockett in Sherman. For additional information, call a GCSO recruiter at 903-813-4411.


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com