Skip to Main Content

CORRECTIONS - Currently Accepting Applications

11/04/2021

                   

Corrections

THE KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICER.. INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO THOSE THAT TURN IN AN APPLICATION.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Form E: Doctor's Release for Physical Agility Testing

Applications are also available at the Knox County Sheriff's Department, 152 S. Kellogg St, Galesburg, IL 61401


The Knox County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission has amended the Merit Rules regarding Hiring Requirements, Applications, Examinations and Testing.

Changes Regarding Applications, Examinations & Testing

Changes Regarding Requirements & Lateral Transfers

Duties of a Correctional Officer

Correctional Officers employed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department are sworn Deputies assigned to the Correctional Division . Correctional Officers are responsible for the day-to-day operations and security at the Knox County Jail.  Operations in the Jail are conducted from three main areas:  Booking Room, Secure Area (Inmate Pods) and the Control Room.

Some of the duties of a Correctional Deputies are:

  • Protecting the Knox County Jail from Security Breaches
  • Maintaining General Order and Protecting Inmates
  • Booking Arrestees (finger printing, photographing, etc.)
  • Conducting Cell Checks and Searches
  • Prisoner Transportation
  • Maintaining Prisoner Records and Property
  • Serving Arrest Warrants
  • Coordinating Inmate Programs (Visitation, Bible Study, etc.)
  • Controlling inmate and visitor movement throughout the facility

The Correctional Division offers opportunities for advancement and promotion.  The current rank structure consists of three shift Sergeants, a Chief of Operations and a Jail Administrator.  Correctional Deputies must meet the criteria for promotion and then complete the testing process established by the Knox County Merit Commission.

Being a Correctional Officer at the Knox County Jail can be a physically demanding and mentally challenging job. 

Current Correctional Officer Benefits:

  • Starting wage of $20.89/hour (2016-2020 Wage Matrix)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 30 Mile Residency
  • Opportunity for Paid Overtime or Compensatory Time
  • Paid Training
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, Personal Days & Sick Time
  • Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Labor Union
  • IMRF Retirement Program
  • Initial Issue of Uniforms
  • Yearly Uniform & Equipment Allowance

Duties of a Court Security Officer

Court Security Officers employed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department are sworn Deputies assigned to the Knox County Courthouse. 

A Court Security Officer is the most widely visible position in the Knox County Sheriff's Department.  Everyday hundreds of people make their way through the Knox County Courthouse and it is the duty of the Court Security Deputy to ensure their safety and protection.

To ensure a safe environment in the Courthouse, Court Security Officers screen everyone entering the building by using metal detectors and an X-Ray machine.  Court Security Officers are assigned to the various courtrooms to maintain order and protect the Judges, attorneys, defendants and visitors.

Court Security Officers are also responsible for the security of defendants who are in the custody of the Knox County Jail during their court proceedings.

During jury trials, a Court Security Officer is assigned to the jurors throughout the entire trial.  The Officer directs and protects the jurors as they perform their civic duties.

Court Security Officers are now required to attend the 5 week Correctional Officer Academy.

Current Court Security Officer Benefits:

  • Starting wage of $18.63/hour (2016-2020 Wage Matrix)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 30 Mile Residency
  • Opportunity for Paid Overtime or Compensatory Time
  • Paid Training
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, Personal Days & Sick Time
  • Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Labor Union
  • IMRF Retirement Program
  • Initial Issue of Uniforms
  • Yearly Uniform & Equipment Allowance

Sign up for email alerts and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest employment information.

For questions regarding employment or hiring procedures, contact:

Captain Brian Brady
Knox County Sheriff's Department
152. S. Kellogg Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
(309) 345-3734

 Additional Information:

Physical Agility Test Standards
Knox County Merit Rules--2018 Full