Congrats to them! What is sad is they could have done 5 weeks of not so intensive training and be making pretty much the same money now and more in the long run not counting overtime in the PA Department of Corrections.
I imagine a career with the PGC is about as good as a LEO can get. Granted you deal with some bad guys, but the vast majority are law abiding citizens enjoying their hobby.I suspect very few, or none, of the new PGC Game Wardens were interested in working as a Corrections Officer.
You meet a better class of people on a daily basis as a Game Warden than as a correction officer. You could not pay me enough to be locked in with the riff raff in a prison,I suspect very few, or none, of the new PGC Game Wardens were interested in working as a Corrections Officer.
Nothing sad about it at all. Every Game warden I know has wanted to be a Game Warden since long before they were lucky enough to beat out the competition for a seat in the PGC training school or for a slot as a Warden in another state. I know one Warden who wanted to be a Game Warden so bad he enlisted in the Marine Corps in order to get 5 veterans preference points added to his written and oral test scores the competition is that tough. I never met anyone who grew up wanting to be a corrections officer. I have a great deal of resect for corrections officers, I would not want to be one and have to deal with a building full of criminals day after day. When was the last time you heard that there were over 5,000 applicants for thirty openings as Corrections Officers? Nah, not sad, there is more to a job that makes you want to get up in the morning than the pay check.Congrats to them! What is sad is they could have done 5 weeks of not so intensive training and be making pretty much the same money now and more in the long run not counting overtime in the PA Department of Corrections.
Game did not get the 20 years at age 50 and out with no penalty, only Fish did. I believe they only got it in 2019 via a Bill introduced by Rep. Gillespie, a very long time after Fish got it. While they were in the bill to be included, Governor stinking Rendell prevented them from getting it by telling the general assembly he would not sign it if Game stayed in the bill. Reason, Rendell called Ex Director Vern Ross to his office one day and ordered him to hire a political crony of his for the open position of Director in the Bureau of personal services. Vern told him that he would not do that and he could feel free to apply along with the others who were interested in the position. Rendell then told Ross that apparently he had not heard that he said he was ordering him to hire the guy. Vern then told Rendell that he did not have the authority to order him who to hire as the PGC was not under his control on personal matters. Rendell then was very angry and stood up and ordered Vern out of his office and added a parting admonition that he would pay for his disobedience. Vern did not pay for it, the PGC officers did. That said Vern did the right thing, Rendell was a Bully and Vern did not cave in to him.From friends that retired as PA COs, I've heard it's both a stressful and at times, a depressing job. They all took the earliest retirement they were qualified for. One of them was severely injured in the Camp Hill riots some years ago and retired early on partial disability, after working for several more years afterwards.
Our Game Wardens have always been on the short end of the state employee stick, retirement wise, from what I know?
I think they've finally been granted the same early retirement options that most other LEOs in PA have had for years. Three friends from HS that were State Troopers, all retired in their mid 50s, for example, with about 25-30 years service. All three were Vietnam vets with at least two years in the military.
Wouldn't be much of a career decision for me: Cooped up with surly criminals all day, or spending much of your time in the outdoors and dealing with the occasional surly nimrod?