UPDATE | Job fairs all week to help fill positions at new Floyd County prison

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/21/19 @ 6 p.m.
After the announcement of nearly 200 jobs coming to Floyd County, officials say they were flooded with job applications.

On Friday, Governor Matt Bevin announced the old Otter Creek Correctional Facility would reopen as the Southeast State Correctional Complex.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections says within five hours they had more than 100 applications.

"We are so excited to be recruiting in eastern Kentucky. The work ethic, and the passion from the residents in this part of the state is so exciting for the department," said Tammy Lou Wright.

"Since the mines and stuff shut down there's not really been a whole lot of jobs available," said Chase Soler "Hearing about these jobs come I think it's great for everyone."

Soler lives in Prestonsburg and has to spend his week more than five hours away from home just to find work. He hopes he will be hired and will be able to be home more.

"Something like this coming close to home, it would be nice to sleep in my own bed at night."

All this week, the DOC is hosting job fairs to mingle with candidates.

The rest of the week's schedule is below.

Upcoming job fairs:

  • Oct. 22 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 23 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 24 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 24 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Kentucky Career Center
    686 N. Lake Drive, Prestonsburg, KY

  • Oct. 25 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 25 - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Kentucky Career Center
    138 College Street, Pikeville, KY

    ORIGINAL STORY 10/18/19 @ 11:33 a.m.
    A new state-run prison will open in Floyd County, creating nearly 200 jobs.

    Governor Matt Bevin says Southeast State Correctional Complex will be housed in an existing, privately-owned 650-bed facility in Wheelwright.

    According to a release, the prison will be staffed and run by DOC under the same policies and procedures used in other current state-owned facilities.

    Officials say the new 10-year lease with CoreCivic, the owner of the facility, will allow the DOC to expand capacity and avoid millions of dollars in long-term capital construction costs. They say it will also help alleviate the backlog of inmates who are being held in county jails while waiting admission to a state prison.

    DOC officials say over the coming weeks, they expect to hire up to 200 new state employees to work in the prison.

    Career fairs will be held throughout Eastern Kentucky, beginning Monday, October 21.

    The facility in Wheelwright last housed inmates in 2012. Since then, CoreCivic employees have worked daily to maintain the 111 acres of property and 141,000 square-foot building.

    Southeast State Correctional Complex is expected to begin operations in early 2020.

    The Kentucky Department of Corrections will host several job fairs to fill positions at the new prison.

    Upcoming job fairs:

  • Oct. 21 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 21 - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Big Sandy Community & Technical College
    1 Bert T. Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY

  • Oct. 22 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 23 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 24 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 24 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Kentucky Career Center
    686 N. Lake Drive, Prestonsburg, KY

  • Oct. 25 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Southeast State Correctional Complex
    Correctional Road, Wheelwright, KY

  • Oct. 25 - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Kentucky Career Center
    138 College Street, Pikeville, KY



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