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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Jacob M. Garrett
Hiring and Retention Coordinator
(573) 886-4395

Boone County to Host First Public Safety Hiring Fair

  • The Public Safety Hiring Fair will take place Tuesday, April 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 the Boone County Sheriff's Department Training Annex.
  • The Hiring Fair is geared toward candidates interested in a career in Public Safety.

COLUMBIA, MO, March 26, 2018 - Boone County Human Resources is partnering with five public safety agencies in Boone County to host the first Boone County Public Safety Hiring Fair. The fair will be held on Tuesday, April 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Boone County Sheriff's Department Training Annex building at 2111 County Drive in Columbia. The event is free and open to the public. Families of interested candidates are encouraged to attend.

Participating agencies including the Boone County Fire Protection District, Boone County Joint Communications, the Office of Emergency Management, Southern Boone County Fire Protection District, and the Boone County Sheriff's Department hope to fill positions including Detention Officer, Emergency Telecommunicator Trainee, Volunteer Firefighter, Records Specialist, Control Room Officer, and more.

Candidates attending the Hiring Fair will be able to apply in-person to approximately 30 openings. Most positions require a high school diploma or GED and successful candidates must pass a background check.

"Our goal is to bring together these agencies and showcase the excellent opportunities that Boone County offers," said Jacob Garrett, Hiring and Retention Coordinator for Boone County Human Resources. "We pride ourselves on our commitment to continuing education and training, especially in our Public Safety positions."

Candidates and their families can participate in tours of the new Emergency Communications Center and the Boone County Fire Protection District Training Center. Agencies will showcase fire trucks, patrol vehicles, the K-9 Unit, and equipment used in the field.

"Joint Communications is looking for people who are ready for a challenging career helping the citizens and visitors of Boone County," says Chad Martin, Director of Joint Communications. "The Hiring Fair is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in dispatching to visit our new state-of-the-art 9-1-1 center and talk with dispatchers about the job."

Candidates interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter will also be able to learn more about the opportunity.

"I think the fair will be a chance for citizens to learn about the many ways the public safety organizations serve their community and find ways in which they may be able to help too," said Daren Day, Training Division Manager of the Boone County Fire Protection District. "The Boone County Fire Protection District is a volunteer organization. We are very fortunate to have great resources, equipment, facilities and training, but none of that would matter without our volunteers to deliver the service."

"I'm happy to see the teamwork that's taken place to help attract qualified candidates who want a career with our department and the other agencies we work with every day," said Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey. "I'm hopeful that people interested in a career with us come out to this hiring fair to talk with us and find out why the work we do for the citizens of Boone County is rewarding."

Interested candidates can see more information about the event, a comprehensive list of job postings, and employment benefit information on the Boone County website at, the Boone County Human Resources Facebook Page, or by contacting Hiring and Retention Coordinator Jacob M. Garrett at 573-886-4395 or


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