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DGSO Employment DGSO February 6, 2020

Correction Officers

Douglas County (KS) is accepting applications for a 3-month pool (February 3, 2023-May 3, 2023) of candidates for career-oriented Corrections Officers, with immediate openings.

Successful applicants will work at the Douglas County Correctional Facility, a state-of-the-art 186-bed direct supervision facility for adults.

Required qualifications include a high school diploma (or G.E.D.), basic word processing and computer skills, good written and oral communication skills.

Douglas County is dedicated to eliminating racial inequities. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain working relationships with diverse co-workers, community members, and customers.

Candidates must pass a background check, written, physical fitness, and drug testing. A polygraph examination will be required. Shift work mandatory.

Starting salary is $26.72 (up to $40.08) per hour with excellent benefits.

  • New employees immediately start accruing 4.5 hours of vacation leave and 4.75 hours of sick leave every pay period (two weeks). These hours increase after every five years employed with the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Eight hours of personal leave are also awarded to employees in one calendar year.
  • There are also nine holidays in a calendar year that employees are either paid (if not worked) or receive holiday pay (double and half hourly wage -if worked).
  • Corrections officers are provided all of their uniforms (except footwear) and equipment needed for their job.
  • Employees also have access to a free on-site gym, track and obstacle course.
  • Provided Dry Cleaning Services.
  • Health insurance beginning the first day of the month following start date.
  • Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance with various dependent coverage levels available.
  • Discounted fitness club memberships and other voluntary benefits.
  • Retirement: Kansas Public Employees Retirement Systems (KPERS), Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plans available.
  • TWO approved Veteran Affair (V.A) / G.I. Bill Education Benefit Programs.
  • V.A. Coordinator on staff.

Cook/Food Service Worker

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Food Service Worker/Cook at the Douglas County Correctional Facility. The primary functions of this position include:

· Assisting in the preparation, cooking and storage of food;

· Coordinates cooking activities to have meals ready to serve at scheduled times;

· Checks the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met;

· Checks the quantity and quality of received products; works with vendors to insure appropriate credits when necessary;

· Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards;

· Assists with estimating amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients;

· Assists in the ordering of some food items and supplies as needed; performs all necessary documentation;

– Assists in cleaning of work areas and equipment.

Supervision of inmate workers during food preparation, service and clean-up is required.

Some kitchen experience is required. Experience in institutional or large-volume cooking is preferred but not mandatory. ServSafe certification is helpful. If not ServSafe certified must complete and pass the course prior to completion of the introductory period.

Must pass a mandated background investigation and drug screening; may be required to take a polygraph test.

Must comply with shift work including weekends, holidays and overtime and must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license at time of appointment.

Starting pay is $17.16/hr with excellent benefits which include:

– Medical, dental, prescription coverage;

– Life insurance;

– Discounted fitness club memberships;

– Other voluntary benefits;

– Paid time off (14 Vacation days, 15 Sick days accrued per year, 1 day Personal Leave, 10 Paid Holidays);

– Retirement with Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS);

– Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plans available.

Full & Part-time positions available.

Starting Salary: $17.16 – $25.26 hourly

Sheriff Armbrister

Sheriff Jay T. Armbrister

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Inside Corrections Video Series

Episode #1: Corrections Academy

Episode #2: Starting Your Career in Corrections

Episode #3: Jobs on a Corrections Shift

Job Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age to apply for corrections officer. 
  • Must be 21 years of age to apply for deputy. 
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a valid driver’s license. 
  • Must also have basic computer skills, good written skills, and good communication skills. 
  • Must be able to pass a background check, which includes a polygraph, and a drug screen.

Competitive Salary

  • Corrections Officers start at $26.72/hour
  • Commissioned deputies are offered a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.

Benefits and Retirement Plan

  • Health, dental and vision benefits package.
  • Other benefits include sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and holiday pay (when applicable).
  • Retirement plans through KPERS or KP&F. Approved VA programs available.
  • New employees immediately start accruing 4.5 hours of vacation leave and 4.75 hours of sick leave every pay period (two weeks). These hours increase after every five years employed with the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Eight hours of personal leave are also awarded to employees in one calendar year.
  • There are also nine holidays in a calendar year that employees are either paid (if not worked) or receive holiday pay (if worked).
  • Corrections officers and deputies are provided all of their uniforms (except footwear) and equipment needed for their job.
  • Employees also have access to an on-site gym, track and obstacle course.
  • Dry Cleaning Services

Opportunity to Develop

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Aside from regular job duties, Sheriff’s Office employees have an opportunity to participate in a variety of specialized teams or earn additional certifications, which can include:

  • Underwater Search and Recovery Team
  • Disturbance Control Team
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Honor Guard
  • Project Lifesaver Search Specialist
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Accident Reconstruction Team
  • Field Training Officer/Jail Training Officer
  • Certified Training Instructors
The Application Process Slideshow
5 Steps - Step-by-Step
Step #1
Complete the pre-screening Questionnaire. Link available under the Employment menu. Passing this step then provides a link to our Application.
Step #2
Complete the Online Job Application.
Step #3
Complete a Physical and Written Test, as well as a Panel Interview. When passed you receive a Personal History Packet to fill out.
Step #4
Complete the Personal History Packet. When submitted, you can schedule a background interview and polygraph examination.
Step #5
Complete an interview with a Background Investigator and having the Polygraph examination. This completes the application process.
Successful applicants receive a conditional job offer, dependent on passing a drug screening test.
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Testing Details

Physical test: Must score 15% or higher on pushups (in one minute), sit ups (in one minute) and 300 M-timed run for your age/gender group as set on the Cooper Standards. (See Below) You must pass at least two of the three tests.

Written test: Tested over reading comprehension, writing, and problem solving that includes a combination of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Interview: Panel interview with current Sheriff’s Office personnel