I have thoroughly enjoyed my career with the Virginia Department of Corrections. My desire to relocate to be close to my aging parents was the deciding factor in leaving the Department. They provide excellent benefits, paid time off is earned per pay period and the hours earned is based on the number years in service. Paid sick leave and family personal leave are provided every year on January 10 and the amount hours provided each year increases as the number of years in service increase. They provided an excellent retirement system as well.