Susquehanna County Sheriff Lance Benedict is hoping to bring on four, part-time security guards to work at the courthouse.
The move gained approval by the Salary Board at the Wednesday, July 24 meeting. The salary for the union-eligible positions was set by the board at $13 per hour with varying hours.
The addition of the positions is an attempt to relieve deputies from manning the doors of the courthouse and county office building during weekday business hours.
At the salary board meeting, Sheriff Benedict said the deputies are needed on the road more. Changes to the state’s Act 79 Protection from Abuse law have also added duties and responsibilities on deputies.
With the resignation of one deputy accepted at the July 24, there are two job openings for deputies.
Benedict said it has been over 20 years since the county has had civilians go through the required training to gain the necessary certifications in order to position armed guards at county complex entrances.
Requirements for the security positions have been posted on the county website, www.susqco.com.
Deputy Sheriff position requirements are also posted on the county website, and include Act 120 certification.