Residency requirements expand for Adams County Sheriff’s Office

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 11:01 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - People living outside of Adams County can now work as corrections officers for the sheriff’s office. That’s because the Adams County Board voted Tuesday to expand the county’s residency requirements for the position.

County officials said before this resolution, they were limited to whom they could recruit.

Adams County Board Chairman Kent Snider said the Adams County jail can house more than 120 inmates and to properly supervise them, they have to have a certain amount of corrections officers to do it.

“We need the right amount of staff up there for the safety of the staff and safety of the prisoners. It takes a lot of people to watch 120 to 190 people. They have to make the rounds every hour, and it takes one whole hour to make the rounds in that jail,” Snider said.

Snider said the resolution will allow them to hire in a 40-mile radius outside of the county.

“We’re hoping that maybe we get some corrections officers from the Rushville area, Mt. Sterling, maybe even some from Missouri who want to come over and work for us because we’re really struggling hiring corrections,” Snider said.

Snider said being short-staffed puts stress on other departments.

“We’re working a lot overtime. We’ve got patrolmen that work overtime up there helping out and a lot of people are pitching in. Of course security is working overtime, so we need to fill those holes before wearing everyone out,” he said.

Snider said the county just added to the budget for the hiring of four officers.

“Because the need is so great. We need four corrections officers as soon as we can get them,” he said.

He says after they hire and train those officers, it could be spring before they fully use them.

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