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Corrections Officer

Lake County Government


Contact Information


Lake County Government
18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Phone Number:

  • 847-377-2700

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 03/02/20


  • Starting: $25.57/hour (as determined by Teamsters Local 700)

Position Details

Lake County is a financially stable, professionally managed, AAA rated County located in northeastern Illinois. We are currently seeking candidates for the following position(s):


(Sheriff’s Office)

The Corrections Officer is responsible for securing inmates in the County Jail. This work involves enforcing rules and regulations, preventing escapes, maintaining order and discipline among inmates and escorting inmates to and from their cells. Work also involves transportation and supervision of inmates to and from court, hospital and within the jail facility. Basic records are kept; officers are uniformed. Supervision is received from command staff on an assigned shift. This job title operates on three eight-hour fifteen-minute shifts. Corrections Officers are members of Teamsters Local 700.


  • You must be a United States citizen
  • 21 years of age
  • Applicants must have no felony convictions or pending cases
  • You must be willing to work any shift
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Education - Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent with preference given to candidates with at least 30 college credit hours in psychology, criminology and related fields.
  • We have no military requirement, but preference is given to candidates with at least two years military service and/or prior experience in corrections, law enforcement, and security or any other management.
  • Successful applicants must take and pass a written exam, work related - ­medical/physical examination and pass a background investigation, including criminal history status
  • In addition to the first year of requirements, candidates must also successfully pass all aspects of the Correctional Field Training Program within the first year of employment
  • New employees must become State Certified Corrections Officers from the Illinois Training Board. The criteria for certification are two hundred (200) hours of academy training, fifteen (15) hours of more advanced training that includes the Law regarding Corrections, Human Growth and Development and Prison Organizations
  • Must pass a one (1) week Direct Supervision class.

Candidates who successfully complete the written test will be given further information on the testing process. Successful completion of the above qualifications does not guarantee employment. 

Lake County government has a competitive salary and benefit package and is committed to being an employer of choice.

Lake County’s FTO programs and New Hire procedures have been certified by Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs as Educational Programs.

Additional information about a career in Corrections can be found here.


Step 1: Complete an on-line application at

Step 2: Pay a $20 application fee at Application Fee

Only on-line applications will be accepted.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can apply on-line at:

Workforce Development /Lake County Job Center

1 N. Genesee Street, Suite 100

Waukegan, IL

between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM

Do not pay the application fee if you do not meet the requirements listed above. Application fees are non-refundable.

In order to attend the mandatory Orientation and Testing your application must be completed and fees must be paid by March 2, 2020.

Orientation and Testing will take place all in one day.

Orientation and Testing will be held at:

Bonnie Brook Gold Course

2800 N. Lewis Avenue

Waukegan, IL

Orientation will be held on:

Saturday, March 21st

9:00 AM

Testing will begin immediately following Orientation.

Check in starts at 8 AM, please arrive between 8 AM and 8:45 AM as orientation will start promptly at 9 AM.

We will address job duties, requirements, and the employment screening process. You will not be admitted to orientation without completing an on-line application and payment of application fee. Please bring a state photo ID to the Orientation.

For information contact:



Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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