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Dart: Up to 500 Cook County correctional officers will be hired

Monday, December 28, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by Lisa Donovan

With unemployment hovering just under the 11 percent mark in Cook County alone and local government tightening its belt, Sheriff Tom Dart is offering some light on the horizon: a veritable hiring bonanza.

Today Dart’s office announced that as many 500 correctional officers will be hired in the new year. And the pay is decent: roughly $45,000 a year, including health, dental and vision insurance — not to mention a county pension.

The need is clear, according to the sheriff’s office. When four clerical jobs in the sheriff’s department were advertised this fall, the county was swamped with some 14,000 applications.

The jobs, approved by Cook County Commissioners as part of the county’s overall $3 billion budget for 2010, are part of a federal mandate to add correctional officer posts at the Cook County Jail.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or G.E.D., have a valid driver’s license and must have or be able to obtain an Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification card. Applicants will have to take a physical fitness test, undergo a thorough background check and must be willing to submit to a polygraph examination that will include questions about personal activities.

Applications are available at www.cookcountysheriff.com or at the sheriff’s merit board office, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 1100.



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