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WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ALL YEAR FOR ENTRY-LEVEL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER!

Once your application is approved you will be notified by email with the details.

*This test will be to establish an ongoing hiring eligibility list.

 

STARTING SALARY: $52, 908.08 WITH BENEFITS & UNIFORMS

For any questions please contact:

Will County Sheriff’s Merit Commission
16911 W. Laraway Rd - Suite 201
Joliet, IL 60433
815-727-5680

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Map to Location - Driving Directions

Building Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

RETURNING APPLICATION OPTIONS:

DROP BOX AT THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING BY THE FRONT DOORS

IN PERSON DURING BUSINESS HOURS

MAIL IT IN

 

 

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Requirements:

  1. U.S. Citizen
  2. Must Be 21 Years of age (NO AGE CAP)
  3. Valid Driver’s License
  4. High School or GED Graduate or 2 Years Full-Time Correctional Officer or Police Officer Experience on the same Department. (Must supply related information to verify police/corrections experience.)
  5. No felony or certain misdemeanor convictions from any jurisdiction
  6. Must establish residency in Will County within 2 years from date of appointment.
  7. FOID CARD – If you do not have one, you need to apply now.
  8. Work mandatory overtime as necessitated by staffing – not to exceed two force backs in a row.

You may download an application from this website - APPLICATION FOR DEPUTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICER (PDF) - or they are available to pick up during business hours at the following location:

Will County Sheriff’s Merit Commission - Map to Location
16911 W Laraway Rd - Suite 201, Joliet, IL

 

The Testing Process:

A written test, C.A.T. (Corrections Agility Test), 32-page long application, personality evaluation screening, polygraph exam, in-depth background investigation, fingerprinted, and an interview with the Will County Merit Commission Board. You must successfully pass each step to continue in the process.  If you are certified by the Merit Commission Board your file will be given to the Adult Detention Facility and you will be interviewed by administrative staff.  You must pass this interview to be considered for hire.  Please note: You will be sent for a full medical exam including a drug-screening test if you are offered the position. 

Written Test:

This will be conducted electronically from your computer.

The written test component for the position of Correctional Officer is designed to measure the applicant’s proficiency in the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Problem Solving
  • Report Writing

*A grade of 70% overall is necessary for the applicant to pass and continue with the testing process.

C.A.T. Test (Corrections Agility Test)

You must pass all four of these sections to pass the C.A.T. and continue the process. You must attend your scheduled appointment. This test cannot be rescheduled, no exceptions.

The applicant will be required to pay the $50.00 fee when they register online for the test. 

*The Corrections Agility Test is comprised of:

  • Sit and Reach - 12
  • 1 Minute Sit Ups - 18
  • Maximum Bench Press - 50% of body weight for male and female
  • 1 Mile Run - 14 minutes or less

 

Long Application:

The applicant will be given/mailed a 32-Page Long Application and information sheets to completely fill out with all the personal information as well as listing references and employment history for the past 10 years. This document must be notarized prior to returning back to our office.

Fingerprint Appointment:

You will be given an appointment date and time to come into our office to be fingerprinted and photographed.  You will also be required to bring the original/copy of the following items for us to copy in our office for you: original/copy of your Birth Certificate, High School or GED diploma.  Bring the original Social Security Card, Driver’s License and FOID Card.

Personality Evaluation:

Applicant will be given information to make an appointment for their personality evaluation. The result of this test is a recommended or not recommended. Applicant must be recommended to continue in the process.

Polygraph Exam:

Applicant will be given information to make an appointment for their polygraph exam. Applicant must pass the polygraph exam to continue in the process.

In-Depth Background Investigation:

A mail-out is completed from the Long Application. An investigator conducts a background investigation on applicant and writes up a report.

Merit Commission Oral Interview:

Applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the Merit Commission Board.  You must pass this interview to continue in the process.

 

ADF Oral Interview:

Once you pass the Merit Board interview your file will be given to the ADF and they will schedule an oral interview with the administrative staff.  You must pass this interview to be considered for hire.

 

Medical/Drug Screening:

Once you are given an offer of employment you will go for a medical/drug screening which you must pass in order to be hired.

Post Employment Information on Training:

Once the applicant is hired as a Will County Correctional Officer, he / she will receive the following training:

  • Five weeks of Basic Corrections Training 
  • Eight weeks of in-house on the job training.
  • Forty hours of annual In-Service Training.
  • After the initial training phase, the Correctional Officer will choose his / her assignment by rank seniority.  Currently the ADF runs on 8-hour shifts.  7am-3pm, 3pm-11pm, and 11pm-7am.

*The changes noted with an asterisk are a temporary one-time change until staffing needs are met.  This was voted on at the April 4, 2022 monthly board meeting.  Once we return back to the original requirements this webpage will note the changes. 

 

Benefits:

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD HMO OR PPO MEDICAL

DAVIS VISION

BLUE CARE DENTAL

IMRF PENSION

1. SICK TIME:

  •  After 6 months=48 hours of sick time
  •  Every month thereafter=8 hours sick on anniversary date

2. VACATION:

  • After 1 year of service=80 hours vacation
  • After 5 years of service=120 hours vacation
  • After 10 years of service=160 hours vacation
  • After 15 years of service=200 hours vacation

3.  PERSONAL TIME:

  • After 1 year of service=3 personal days

4.  SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL:

  • Employees starting a shift after 12:00 noon and before 6:00 am shall receive shift differential of .60/hour

MEDICAL/DENTAL BENEFITS

IMRF BENEFITS

Application:

 Application for Deputy Correctional Officer (PDF)   Family and Medical Leave Act Information (PDF)