Jail superintendent to begin hiring staff

Posted: June 29, 2013

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FRONT ROYAL — RSW Regional Jail Superintendent Robert Mulligan says he is prepared to begin hiring the first members of his staff.

Mulligan also told members of the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority on Thursday that the jail, under construction on Winchester Road (U.S. 340/522) in Warren County, would benefit from his having an office at the site, where he oversees progress on the building.

He said the hires he will begin making include an administrative assistant and a technology professional.

Mulligan said he would like to move into an office near the jail site as soon as possible. “The sooner, the better. There’s a lot of stuff I really need to start diving into. Every day I’m involved with the contractor now.”

He has been working from the Warren County Public Safety Building on Skyline Vista Drive, several miles from the jail site.

The Jail Authority voted on Thursday to move forward with securing a temporary office facility for Mulligan and his staff following a discussion about whether to bring a trailer into the site for the office or rent a building owned by the county’s Economic Development Authority.

Jail Authority Chairman Doug Stanley said that, at $2,000 per month, the 4,000-square-foot building owned by the EDA would likely be less expensive than purchasing a trailer for $25,000.

Mulligan said the EDA’s building should be a good location for a temporary office because of its proximity to the new jail.

He said he recently sent a staffing analysis for the new jail to the state Department of Corrections, which will make a recommendation about the number of employees to be hired for the facility.

Mulligan said the number could be as high as 130. The Virginia Compensation Board will pay a portion of the new jail's salaries.

“A lot of times, the Comp Board doesn’t cover all positions. Sometimes localities have to cover some,” he said.

Many employees of the sheriff’s offices in the three counties funding the jail are expected to move to the RSW Regional Jail once it opens in 2014, but Mulligan said openings will also be available for new staff members.

He hopes to accept applications online through the jail website, www.rswregionaljail.com.

“I’m getting phone calls [about jobs] constantly,” he said. “We’re not accepting applications, but everybody who calls, I’m talking to them personally.”

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