CORRECTIONAL OFFICER EMPLOYMENT

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We accept applications year round for this position. Applicants will receive notice of test dates when set. An application can be completed using the link at the bottom of this page.

Correctional Officer Applications
Are now being accepted

Written Exam - July 11th or July 12th, 2020

Physical Agility Test - To Be Determined

 

The written exam will take place on July 11th or July 12th, 2020 and the physical agility test will be determined at a later date. The written exam will take place at the McHenry County Government Administration Building located at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock.  You will be required to show a state issued photo ID to check in. 

 

If you are planning on testing with us, you must submit your application and ALL required paperwork and return it to the address stated on the application by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2nd, 2020.  Documents will not be accepted at the exam.  When your application materials are received, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details regarding the date and time you are to report for testing.

 

If you have any questions on the correctional employee testing process, please feel free to contact us at

CorrectionsEmployeeTesting@mchenrycountyil.gov

 

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER Lateral Applications:

Applicants that are currently employed as a full-time correctional officer and/or certified law enforcement officer in a Sheriff's Department, Police Department and/or other Law Enforcement agency, are in good standing in their department, successfully completed training that complies with the Illinois law (200 hours Police Training Institute) as to minimum standards for certification as a full-time corrections officer the definition of which includes, but is not limited to, the authority to carry firearms, and have completed the probationary period with the agency in which the applicant received their certification can apply for placement on the eligibility list at any time.  All applicants accepted for lateral transfer must pass the POWER test and must complete a state approved corrections academy within 6 months of the transfer (if applicable). Applicants approved by the Sheriff or designee shall be placed on the Eligibility List for a period of one year or until a new testing date has been administered.    

Lateral Application Form

Lateral Transfer Guidelines

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY:

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at hiring.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen.
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Applicant must possess a valid FOID - Firearm Owner's Identification Card. (Can be applied for online at: www.ispfsb.com) (*After receiving an offer of employment)
  • Applicant must live in McHenry County or any bordering Illinois counties, or Kenosha/Walworth counties in Wisconsin, within one year of hiring.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR EMPLOYMENT:

  • Completed Sheriff's Department Application
  • Copy of Valid Driver's License
  • Copy of Valid FOID - Firearm Owner's Identification Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate / US Citizenship Paperwork
  • Copy of High School Diploma/GED or a Copy of High School Transcripts
  • Copy of College Diploma (If applicable)
  • Copy of College Transcripts (If applicable)
  • Copy of Military Discharge DD214 papers (if applicable)

In order to be placed on the Corrections Hiring Eligibility List, an applicant must turn in the above required paperwork and complete each of the following:

 

STEP #1 - PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (POWER TEST):

-Based upon the state mandated POWER test standards. Applicants must be dressed appropriately and wear gym shoes for participating in the Physical Ability Test. 

 

MEN

WOMEN

Age Group

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

Sit & Reach

16

15

13.8

12.8

18.8

17.8

16.8

16.3

1 Minute Sit-Up

37

34

28

23

31

24

19

13

Max Bench Press %

0.98

0.87

0.79

0.70

0.58

0.52

0.49

0.43

1.5 Mile Run

13.46

14.31

15.24

16.21

16.21

16.52

17.53

18.44

 

STEP #2 - WRITTEN EXAMINATION:

Three-part test based upon general knowledge.  Candidates must receive a minimum passing score of 70% in each part:  reading comprehension, basic math skills, writing skills, grammar, spelling, and interpretation. You do not need prior law enforcement knowledge to pass.

 

STEP #3 - ORAL INTERVIEW:

Interviews are conducted by the Corrections Administration.

After placement on the Corrections Hiring Eligibility List, an applicant must successfully complete any additional procedures as may be required by the Sheriff of McHenry County at his/her sole discretion (including, but not limited to, background investigation, physical examination, drug screening examination, and criminal history check). The applicants on the Eligibility List are not ranked but are listed in alphabetical order. The Sheriff may hire any person on the Eligibility List as he/she deems appropriate. The Eligibility List is valid for one year.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FORM

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