I am a recently honorably discharged Marine veteran of 10 years and three combat tours. I am highly decorated, and was awarded numerous decorations for valor. I applied for employment with the sheriff’s office before my discharge date. I passed every test they had for me and was told that the sheriff’s office would save my information, as they were not hiring.
Recently I noticed that the Gila County Web site listed deputy as an open position. When I called to inquire, I was told that due to budget reasons they were only hiring certified law enforcement officers.
With my GI bill, I could attend the academy free of charge to the sheriff’s office, however I was told that they still were only hiring certified officers.
What a slap in the face. I come home after serving my country and am not afforded the opportunity to serve my community. Frankly I’m sick and tired of the good ol’ boy network in county government and small communities. I expected better from my community after defending your freedom.
Thanks for nothing Gila County.
Editor’s note: The Sheriff’s Office says it has a veterans preference program, but currently only considers applicants with a certification, which takes 6-12 months to obtain.