(Wampsville, NY – Jan. 2013) The Madison County Department of Personnel will host an open competitive examination for corrections officer April 13; applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The eligible list established as a result of this examination will be used to fill vacancies as they occur in the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Candidates must have been legal residents of Madison County, Onondaga County, Cortland County, Chenango County, Otsego County, Oneida County or Oswego County for at least one month immediately preceding the date of the written test. Preference in certification may be given to successful candidates who have been legal residents of Madison County or the jurisdiction in which appointment is to be made for at least one month prior to the date of certification.

The work involves responsibility on an assigned shift for the enforcement of rules and regulations governing the custody, security, conduct, discipline, safety and general well-being of inmates at the county correctional facility. The duties involve considerable inmate contact and supervision in a work, recreation or learning environment.

Work procedures are well-defined but incumbents must be alert to possibilities of emergency situations arising and exercise sound judgment when problems occur. The work is performed under general supervision of a higher-level correctional supervisor with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in dealing with day-to-day situations in the facility. Does related work as required.

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma is required. Successful completion of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services approved Basic Course for Corrections Officer prior to completion of the probationary period.

To be certified for appointment, candidates also must meet the following special requirements:

1. No person may be appointed as a corrections officer who has been convicted of a felony or of any offense in any other jurisdiction which, if committed in New York state, would constitute a felony. A person may also be barred from appointment if he or she has been convicted of a misdemeanor or of any offense in any other jurisdiction which, if committed in New York state, would constitute a misdemeanor if the county personnel officer determines that the employment of such person is not in the best interest of the department.

2. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

3. United States citizenship is required at the time of appointment.

Applicants may be required to undergo a state and national criminal history background investigation, which may include a fingerprint check, to determine suitability for appointment. At the discretion of the appointing authority, candidates may be subject to additional screenings as a term and condition of employment, including but not limited to psychological testing.

Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification.

Fingerprinting may occur at the applicant’s expense.

When offered a full-time permanent or contingent permanent appointment at Madison County, candidates will be required to complete a replacement physical examination and controlled substance screening prior to employment.

Applications may be obtained and must be filed in the Madison County Personnel/Civil Service Department, County Office Building, P.O. Box 636, Wampsville, N.Y. 13163. Phone (315) 366-2341.

Applications can also be downloaded at the Personnel Department’s website www.madisoncounty.ny.gov.

Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on the last filing date.

By martha

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