Date: August 14, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Floyd S. Hulsey, Human Resources Director (863) 519-3961
Sheriff's Office Recruiting Senior Citizens; $1,000 Sign-On Bonus Offered For Civilian Positions

BARTOW, FL - Senior citizens currently are being recruited for part-time and full-time employment opportunities in clerical and support positions with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. announced today. 

"We currently are offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus for all vacant civilian positions," said Sheriff Crow. "Anyone who submits an employment application to the Human Resources Division by September 1, 2000 and is subsequently hired into a full-time position within ninety (90) calendar days will receive the bonus." 

Data Entry Operator, Clerical Assistant, Records Specialist, 911 Dispatcher and other clerical positions are available in Bartow and in other locations. Detention Support Specialist openings are available in Frostproof, said Sheriff Crow, and senior citizens are encouraged to apply. 

Detention Deputy Dody Wilder is performing recruiting duties in mobile home parks and other seniors-oriented locations throughout Polk County to inform residents of employment opportunities. 

Sheriff Crow said he recognizes how significant senior citizens are to Central Florida's economy. "Seniors not only perform well on the job," he said, "but also serve as role models for younger employees. Seniors report to work on time, are reliable and dependable, have low absenteeism rates and demonstrate good work ethics." 

Sheriff Crow emphasized that about one third of the Sheriff's Office's 1,430 employees serve in support and clerical positions, though public perception is that the agency employs primarily officers. 

Employment benefits for full-time employees include free State retirement with six years vesting, free life insurance, free long-term disability insurance, a deferred compensation plan, health and dental insurance coverage, paid vacation and holidays, paid sick leave and others. 

Employment applications and further information may be obtained from the Human Resources Division at 1170 East Van Fleet Drive, Bartow. Or call toll free at 877-477-7276. Information and an application also are available on the agency's Web Site at http://www.polksheriff.org.

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