March 20, 2024

Testing Announced for Correctional Officers

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce a testing date for Correctional Officers. The physical agility test (P.O.W.E.R. Test) and written exam will take place on Saturday, May 11 starting at 8:00 a.m. at Woodstock North High School. To qualify for this testing date, all applications and required documents must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3. 

Additional information can be found at P.O.W.E.R. Test standards can be found here: All candidates will take the P.O.W.E.R. Test, however, meeting each standard is not required. 

Qualifications to apply are as follows:

  • Age: Minimum 21 years of age. Applicants may test at 20 but must be 21 upon hiring.
  • Education: High school diploma or GED. 
  • Experience: No prior experience is required. Job training provided upon hiring. 
  • Driver’s License: Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. 
  • FOID Card: Applicant must possess or can obtain a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) upon employment.
  • Residency: Employees must live within McHenry County, any bordering Illinois counties, or Kenosha & Walworth counties in Wisconsin, within one year of hiring. 
  • Pay & Benefits: Starting rate is $29.06/hourly or $60,435.67/annually. Employees also receive paid holidays, paid vacation, annual raises, and sick time after one-year probation. Medical, dental, and life insurance is offered by the County for the employee and dependents (co-pay). Benefits are subject to change, dependent upon the Union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Applicants must submit their application and all required paperwork online at by 12:00 p.m. on May 3, 2024.

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