Sheriff Correctional Officer

949 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA Req #985
Tuesday, May 9, 2023

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Correctional Officer
Department: Office of the Sheriff


Job Summary

Under general supervision, to perform a variety of correctional duties 

  1. To safeguard and supervise inmates. 
  2. To maintain discipline and enforce rules and regulations in the Milwaukee County Jail. 
  3. To maintain custody of county pre-trial detainees during examinations, hearings, hospital watches, trials or during conveyance to State or County institutions. 
  4. To observe, monitor and evaluate inmate behavior; to supervise inmate visiting, programs and recreations; to conduct electronic and physical searches of prisoners, visitors and buildings.
  5. To enter and retrieve reports, records and other information using a computer terminal. 
  6. To classify and interact with inmates; to control, direct and instruct inmates individually and/or in large groups; to restrain combative inmates; to re-orientate jail rules. 
  7. To accept inmates into custody and to release inmates from custody to proper authority.
  8. To maintain records and testify in court. 
  9. To perform any other duties as assigned.

Note: Candidates should expect to be assigned to all shifts, holidays and weekends. Required and/or mandatory overtime does occur. Candidates must successfully complete appropriate training program. Appointment is subject to the following probationary period: Correctional Officer 1 (Sheriff), 2,080 hours. Probation period is based on straight time paid.


Some positions may require qualifying with a service weapon on a regular basis. Positions require successful completion of law enforcement training courses, which may include, but are not limited to: jailor certification, and direct supervision principles. Applicants will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation. Applicants will also be required to pass a pre-employment drug testing and medical examination after preliminary offer of employment.


Required Education, License/Certification and Experience

1. Certification by the Law Enforcement Standards Board must be acquired during the probationary period and maintained during incumbency.

2. Minimum age of 19.

3. Graduation from high school, high school equivalency diploma or GED required. 

4. Applicants shall be of good moral character determined from results of fingerprinting and background investigation. Felons, unless pardoned, will be rejected.

5. College level course work in law enforcement, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education or social work preferred.

6. Valid driver's license preferred.

Knowledge, Skills  And  Abilities: Skill in reading and comprehending written material; oral and written communications skills; ability to gain the respect and control the behavior of offenders; ability to take prompt and decisive action in emergency situations; ability to restrain combative inmates; ability to maintain a positive attitude and emotional control; ability to work with computers; ability to follow work procedures and rules; ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others.


Must have ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, climb stairs and ladders, identify colors, and lift and carry 50 lbs.


Ability to perform physical tasks (such as restrain combative inmates who weigh 250lbs or more; apply/remove mechanic/soft restraints, e.g., handcuffs, R.I.P.P. bed, assist physically or mentally ill or incapacitated inmates; endure exposure to extreme indoor or outdoor temperatures, e.g. when supervising activity, transporting inmates or guarding facility parameters, may be exposure to OC or pepper spray.


Note: This Original Examination is open to all qualified applicants authorized to work in the United States. The incumbent must establish residency in Milwaukee County within six (6) months of appointment and maintain such residency throughout their incumbency. In accordance with Rule III section 11 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of a review of candidate materials, education and related experience.

Milwaukee County is committed to fostering an equitable working environment, free from discrimination and harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. We prohibit any form of discriminationharassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, pregnancy related condition, national origin, age, disability, FMLA status, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, or any other category or status that is now or in the future protected by federal, state, and local law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Effective October 1, 2021 Milwaukee County implemented a Vaccine Mandate requiring all Milwaukee County employees to meet the vaccine requirements of either being fully vaccinated or having an approved COVID exemption for a medical or religious accommodation at time of hire. This is not a condition of employment at time of hire for new employees starting as a Correctional Officer or Deputy Sheriff with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office; however failure to meet the Milwaukee County Vaccine Mandate after hire may be subject to employment related consequences. 

Other details

  • Job Family 11- Corrections
  • Job Function 4 Protective Service Workers
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $26.43
  • Max Hiring Rate $29.68
  • Required Education High School
Location on Google Maps
  • 949 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA