Westmoreland County Jail fills a dozen vacancies at job fair

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The county’s job fair at the Westmoreland Mall was a big success, officials said.

More than 40 applications were received for more than 50 county government vacancies, according to Sam Miller, associate director of the human resources department.

“It appears to have been a successful event,” Miller said.

The March 4 event was intended to fill positions that, in some cases, had been vacant for a year or more. These included openings in several departments, among them the children’s office, the 911 center and Westmoreland Manor.

Westmoreland County Jail has hired 12 new guards, Warden Bryan Kline said.

Interviews and agility tests were conducted at the job fair, and three of the new recruits were immediately placed in training courses which began on Monday. Nine other new recruits will begin training on April 5, according to the director.

Kline said there were nearly two dozen vacancies at the prison before the hiring event, with 10 remaining.

“It was a huge success for us,” Kline said.

Vacancies have been an ongoing issue for the county as it struggled to fill positions throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The department employs approximately 1,800 workers.

A list of available jobs can be found on the county’s website, www.co.westmoreland.pa.us.

The county held its first job fair in August 2019. At the time, officials said they wanted to make it an annual event. These plans have been put on hold due to the pandemic.

Last week’s job fair was the second.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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