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DOC hiring more corrections officers

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was last week when the Department of Corrections went before lawmakers to address its staffing budget, vacancies and resource needs. During that oversight hearing, director Jose San Agustin told lawmakers that only 10 new correction officers had been hired since late last year with more on the process of coming on board.

"We are in the process of hiring 48 new correction officers - we do have 8 right now that are going to training, we are waiting for 26 to be cleared of drug testing at DOA once we get those on board, it's going to help eliminate a lot of the overtime DOC has been accumulating over the years but also it's going to help substitute the individuals that's been running on a 12-hour shift and kind of are needless to say burnt out at this point," he said.

Just as he told lawmakers, San Agustin tells KUAM that hiring is a lengthy and painful process. San Agustin says however he does respect the hiring process adding its in place to hire the best employees.
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