Ebenezer Baptist Church Holds Oklahoma County Detention Center Job Fair Thursday

The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority will partner with Ebenezer Baptist Church and Rev. Derrick Scobey to host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church, 3600 N Kelley.

The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority operates the Oklahoma County Detention Center and the organization is looking to hire detention officers, clerks, and pod monitors. The starting salary for a detention officer is $3,091/month, with increases after 90 days and one year.

Criminal justice authority leaders said candidates should arrive ready for questioning. They said job offers could be made on the spot, pending drug screening and background investigation.

William Monday, chief operating officer of the Oklahoma County Detention Center, said he was grateful and excited to partner with Scobey and Ebenezer Baptist.

“We are a service provider and we are looking for employees who want to be part of a team dedicated to the safety and security of our community,” Monday said in a press release.

“We do more than just detain inmates. We meet their needs with courier staff, medical security, dispatch, maintenance and many other exciting positions we seek to fill.”

Derrick Scobey

Scobey said Thursday’s event is not the first job fair his church has held in recent months.

The minister said Ebenezer hosted two Hire for the Homeland events that opened in northeast Oklahoma City in 2021 and both were successful for the community as well as the grocery store.

“The prison is not going to close and we don’t want the prison to close,” he said.

“There are certainly inmates sitting there and they are innocent – they are really innocent. And then there are a lot of people who are there who are guilty of crimes like rape, armed robbery, murder, and we certainly don’t want these people walking the streets of Oklahoma County, so unfortunately we have to have a jail because that’s the world we live in.

Scobey said he would like to see detention center employees who uphold their duties at all levels — to the county, the community and the inmates.

He said he questioned several detention center employees about their work. He said the video of the interviews was posted to his Facebook page on Tuesday to give people some first-hand perspectives on working at the prison.

Scobey said his church can’t provide the county with a new, state-of-the-art detention center, but it can host the job fair that will hopefully help the jail hire members of the quality staff and to foster a “virtuous culture” within detention. center.

“I think this is a win for the Oklahoma County Detention Center, I think this is a win for the community. I think this is a win for the inmates,” he said. declared.

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