A state prison, coming to a town near you — it’s not exactly something your mother boasts about her home town.
But, the city of Stockton is in need of a little help after going bankrupt in 2012, so city leaders aren’t being picky.
“We need some economic help in our community, so hopefully those 2,200 paying jobs in our community will need gas and food,” says Stockton Vice Mayor Paul Canepa.
The massive $900 million dollar state prison medical facility is bringing in thousands of jobs. From psychiatrists who will be paid nearly $280,000 a year, to kitchen workers, guards, barbers, locksmiths, and about 400 psychiatric technicians — who need less than two years of college training will be hired for more than $56,000 a year.
“The sub-contractor has to hire a percentage of locally hired people to help with the project.”
And, thanks to a local hiring ordinance, many of these jobs are reserved for residents of Stockton and neighboring cities in San Joaquin County.
“Hopefully some folks will take residence, and some folks living in the city of Stockton will get jobs out there.”
For more information on the new job openings, check out http://www.sjgov.org/hr/EligibleList.aspx