Monday, February 26, 2007

ICE, ICE Baby

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Nashville immigrants, meet your new booking agents!

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office has selected three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) supervisors and nine ICE officers to train for and eventually run its 287(g) program, which would give the department the ability to ascertain the immigration status of foreign-born arrestees and begin deportation proceedings against illegals charged with crimes.

More than 70 sheriff's employees applied for the supervisor position, which pays between $40,448 and $52,580 according to department spokeswoman Karla Crocker and an interdepartmental job bid announcement. The department was looking for applicants with some combination of college and corrections experience or "corrections supervisory experience." Bilingual applicants were "preferred," but knowing another language wasn't a requirement for being hired. As it turns out, none of the successful applicants habla Espanol.

More details after the jump... Two of the three men hired for the positions, Marty Patterson and Harry Jines, have been longtime Sheriff's Office employees—booking agent and lieutenant, respectively—in the department's jails. The third new supervisor, Mike Yarlett, is what Crocker calls the "wild card." Yarlett has been working in the office's maintenance division but has broad life experience—nine years as a Marine and time as a business owner—that wowed department brass. "He had a great interview," Crocker says.

As for the officers, more than 120 department employees applied for the nine available positions that pay between $36,619 and $47,608. Four of the nine who were hired speak Spanish, and the plan is to have at least one Spanish-speaking officer on each shift, Crocker says.

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