- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana State Prison officials say they’re gaining ground on a staffing shortage that left correctional officers working mandatory overtime earlier this year.

At the peak of the shortage, human resources officials said almost 70 correctional officer positions were vacant.

KECI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1stlrsN ) they’ve brought the vacancy number down to 40 and have 28 new employees in training.

Warden Leroy Kirkegard says the job comes with good benefits and sets people on a path toward a long-term career, but he acknowledges it’s not easy work and isn’t for everybody.

Kirkegard says you have to be aware and alert at all times while also showing respect to offenders and help prepare them to be released into the community.

Pay starts at just over $27,000 a year.

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Information from: KECI-TV, https://www.keci.com

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