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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Executive Services

Work Force

Contact: Shawn Baldwin
Bureau Chief
Personnel
(850) 488-2981, SC 278-2981

Authorized Positions on June 30, 1997: 29,198
Total Staff on June 30, 1997: 26,770

Authorized Positions:  Institutional and Community Facility (72.8%), Probation and Parole (13.6%), Health Services (9.4%), Other (4.1%).


Staff by Race


Staff by Race:  White (70.8%), Black (22.8%), Other (6.4%).


Staff by Gender


Staff by Gender:  Male (60.3%), Female (39.7%).

* Other includes central office and regional staff, attorneys, financial and computer analysts, personnel, clerical, technical support, maintenance, etc.

The Florida Department of Corrections had a total of 29,198 authorized positions as of June 30, 1997. Staff members care for the needs of more than 64,700 inmates and almost 143,000 offenders on community supervision. The DC employs doctors, teachers, correctional and correctional probation officers, chaplains, computer programmers, and food service workers, to name a few. Since public safety is the DC's foremost mission, more than half of all positions are in security areas.

On June 30, 1997, the DC had 26,770 employees on its payroll. Almost 75 percent (21,264) of those positions were located in institutions and community facilities, with the majority in security areas. The breakdown of staff by race and gender indicate a diverse corrections workforce.

The DC's Mission Statement reads, in part, that we believe "our most valuable asset is a well-trained, dedicated staff working as a team to meet any challenge." To that end, the department provides the following employee programs. For more information about any of these programs,

Contact: Gena Buonamici, Assistant Personnel Officer
(850) 410-4504, SunCom 210-4504

Home-Based Work (Telecommuting)

During this fiscal year, the DC began plans to implement a home-based work program (also known as telecommuting). During this time, an initial pilot home-based work program with two Central Office employees was also begun. The DC is committed to the future use of home-based work as a valid and necessary management tool, which provides many benefits to the employee, the employer and the community at large. With the knowledge and experience gained over the past year, a six-month statewide home-based work pilot program will begin next fiscal year.

Domestic Violence Procedure

The DC's Domestic Violence Procedure was the first of its kind among Florida state agencies and among the first in the country's state agencies. DC staff worked with an Interagency Work Group to develop a model state domestic violence policy for all state agencies, based on this department's procedure. The DC's experiences working with this procedure over the past year have proved invaluable in learning how the department can make a positive impact on the lives of domestic violence victims, as well as in educating the public and holding batterers accountable for their behavior. As part of this procedure, the DC mandated a two-hour educational training program for all employees, which began in July 1996. In FY 96-97, more than 26,000 employees completed the training.

The DC also maintains the certification program for domestic violence assessors and batterers' intervention programs for the state of Florida. During this, its first full year in operation, 45 batterers' intervention program sites and 103 individual assessors were certified.

Post Trauma Staff Support Program

Employee involvement in specific violent, work-related situations may cause serious physical and/or emotional trauma to an employee. The PTSS program is designed to minimize the effects of the trauma by providing immediate intervention and subsequent debriefing by an outside mental health counselor specializing in post-trauma stress.

Employee Assistance Program

The EAP provides outside counseling services to employees experiencing personal problems that may affect their ability to perform their duties and responsibilities. Participation in EAPs has resulted in a reduction in absenteeism, sick leave usage, tardiness and turnover, while improving job performance, employee morale and employee relations.

Recruitment

Contact: Cathy Leggett, Assistant Personnel Officer
(850) 488-3130, SC 278-3130

The Florida Department of Corrections is recruiting for Correctional Officers and Correctional Probation Officers for immediate employment throughout Florida.

Minimum Qualifications for either position: 19 years old or older; United States citizen; not convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement; honorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States; good moral character as determined by a background investigation; successfully pass a physical examination and drug test; valid driver license.

Benefits include: 13 vacation days and 13 sick leave days the first year; 10 paid holidays; fully paid retirement program; state subsidized health and life insurance; pre-tax medical and child care benefits; supplemental insurance (car, dental, cancer, legal); child care facilities in some locations; promotional opportunities; and Criminal Justice incentive pay up to $130 per month.

Preference shall be given to certain veterans, spouses of veterans, and minorities, as provided by Florida Statutes. Physical and drug tests required. Opportunities are also available in various medical and administrative careers. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Correctional Officer

  • Salary Range: $18,923-$30,383 annually, as of January 1, 1997; salary additives ranging from $3,800 to $6,300 annually for certain South Florida counties; $275 annual clothing and shoe allowance.

Control Room
A correctional officer at Jefferson CI works in a Control Room.
  • Fully paid enhanced (special risk) retirement program.

  • Must complete the basic recruit training course and successfully pass the Florida Officer Certification Examination. Correctional Officer applicants who have not completed basic recruit training may be hired in trainee status.

  • Must be high school graduate or its equivalent (GED).

  • Staff housing provided, when applicable.

  • Employees in the Security Services' Step Pay Plan received a 7.5% increase effective January 1, 1997.

Correctional Probation Officer

  • Salary Range: $22,270 - $37,386 annually, as of January 1, 1997. Salary additive of $4,640 annually for certain South Florida counties.

  • Must have Bachelors' degree.

  • Correctional Probation Officer applicants are normally hired in trainee status until they have successfully passed basic recruit training and the Florida Officer Certification Exam.