The Wyoming County Correctional Facility is facing a staffing shortage.
“Our full-time staff is down by four and we’re missing quite a few part timers,” Warden Ken Repsher told the Prison Board on Tuesday.
“We’re in the process of trying to get some information out there to get some applications in. They’re not even coming in very much,” he added. “We’re kind of in trouble on that end.”
Commissioner Rick Wilbur said open positions will be advertised and posted on the county’s website to help spread the word.
“It’s imperative that we get some people in there,” he said.
Later when the commissioners held their regular meeting, they voted to hire Ted Nafus as a part-time correctional officer.
With COVID-19 cases rising in Wyoming County, the commissioners intend to keep the courthouse open by appointment only. The board voted to continue restricting inmate visitation at the correctional facility.
Commissioner Tom Henry said Repsher and his staff have ensured inmates could make phone calls and access other services they need like counseling.
“It’s not a perfect system but it’s a lot safer and it seems to be working,” Wilbur said.
As of Tuesday morning, the correctional facility houses 51 inmates.
“We have no one boarded out for the first time in I can’t tell you how long,” Repsher said. “I hope it will stay that way.”