The Columbus Dispatch
Clever post to hire Canal Fulton officers goes viral
CANAL FULTON – The city has some entry level jobs available for at least $28 an hour – they just won’t make you as rich as NBA players.
The Canal Fulton Police Department is reminding everyone about the jobs thanks to a clever Facebook pitch, a post that has attracted attention for its Nbatheme.
Chief Douglas Swartz wrote: “I was reading the news and discovered that the Lebron James one game suspension will cost him $284,000. At our starting salary, that would take an officer 4.8 years (or 10,143 working hours) to earn the equivalent of him playing just one basketball game.”
James, the Akron native and forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, served a one-game suspension for hitting Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face during an altercation Nov. 21. James also has played for Cleveland and Miami.
“My thoughts, good for him. He is very talented and can play basketball extremely better than I can,” Swartz wrote in the Facebook post. “However, did you know the Canal Fulton Police are hiring?”
The positions come with health care, stipends, holiday and vacation pay, overtime and several other benefits. And, after 20 years, you can make almost $32 an hour.
The Facebook post has garnered more than 260 shares, 50 comments and 230 reactions since it was posted Tuesday afternoon.
Here were some of the comments: “Pretty funny!! But… our police officers put on body armor every day when they go to work. They aren’t paid nearly enough for all they risk,” wrote Sally Schramp.
Eva Smith Buhite posted: “Somebody’s buying his merchandise and going to see him play which allows him to make that much money. Someone needs to stop lying and pretending it’s not them or their family or neighbors or friends.”
Jon Butchko, a high school football coach, wrote that Swartz was a good basketball player in his youth. “I’m old enough to remember the Chief could hoop a little bit too.”
Swartz could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 14, 2022.