The Midland County Jail is short approximately 12 jailers thanks in part to the oil boom.

According to NewsWest 9, some jailers have had to leave because of the price of housing and apartments in the area as well as being offered better paying jobs in the oilfield.

This makes all the industries outside of oil seeking workers constantly and forcing their current employees to work overtime, double, or split shifts to compensate for the lack of employees.

"Now, we are working overtime lot in the jail. Because, we have a lot of vacant spaces in the jail we must by law have so many jailers per so many inmates. We have to have one jailer for every 48 inmates 24 hours 7 days a week," Sheriff Gary Painter said.

If you want to be a jailer, Sheriff Painter says you do not need to go through the law enforcement academy, all you need to do is go through a background check.

For more information you can go to the Midland County website.

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