Escambia County Offering $2,000 Hiring Bonuses In Several Departments

October 21, 2021

Escambia County is offering $2,000 hiring bonuses for certain employees in several departments.

“We hope that by offering this pay incentive, we’ll be able to recruit some of the best possible candidates in corrections,” said Rich Powell, chief of Escambia County Corrections, one of the departments eligible for the bonus. ”We’re looking for applicants who will follow our core values: service, professionalism and vigilance. All dedicated professionals are invited to apply and help make a difference in their community.”

The fulltime positions listed below are eligible for the recruitment bonus:


  • Corrections Officer
  • Detention Assistant
  • LPN
  • RN
  • Mental Health Counselor

Development Services

  • Urban Planner II

Facilities Management

  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Worker

Mass Transit

  • Bus Operator
  • Cleaner
  • Fueler
  • Mass Transit Fleet Maintenance Technician
  • Trolley Operator

Library Services

  • Librarian
  • Senior Librarian

Public Safety

  • EMT
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Communication Dispatcher

Roads & Bridges

  • Emergency Vehicle II & III
  • Equipment Operator II
  • Fleet Maintenance Technician
  • Fleet Maintenance Worker

Solid Waste

  • Equipment Operator II
  • Equipment Operator III

The hiring bonus was approved by the Escambia County Commission as they amended a Recruitment Initiative Pay Policy originally passed in May.

If the new hire does not remain in the position for 12 months, they will be required to reimburse the county on a pro rata basis based up on the number of day remaining in the one year agreement. file photo, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Escambia County Offering $2,000 Hiring Bonuses In Several Departments”

  1. Jeff Drakeson on October 22nd, 2021 12:13 am

    A one time bonus? No thank you. Not worth it.

    If i am coming to work in a high risk, high stress, high COVID job, I want the $2000 bonus EVERY YEAR on November 1st that goes also goes to retirement, so $4,000 each year – 2K in my pocket and 2K to retirement. The days of skimping your county employees that work for next to nothing are coming to an end.

    Look at other medium to high, high call volume, high violent crime rate agencies throughout Florida and you’ll see Escambia is far behind.

    Right now I work remotely from home. No gas to drive to work, no bogged down traffic, rain, no vehicle miles, no work uniform and extremely low stress work environment and I am safest in my home and I make more than correctional officers/EMTs or deputy even with high risk retirement.

    Then there’s minimum wage. A whole nother topic where you can eventually make 15 an hour and not have to worry about a thing but flipping a burger.

    No thanks

  2. Amanda on October 21st, 2021 11:06 pm

    Absolutely agree with you Diane!! The ones of us sticking it out should get some kind of bonus or maybe a raise???

  3. Thinker on October 21st, 2021 3:36 pm

    Think about it… yes sounds great to ask for money for current employees… but they are getting pushed through the rigor of extra hours and more work load…. So by bringing in new employees, the current employees will have some of the heavy load lifted from their shoulders….

  4. Diane on October 21st, 2021 7:38 am

    What about the ones that has been there for years, where are their bonuses? You need to take care of them first.

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