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Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office: Corrections Officer Closing Date: June 17, 2025

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time SALARY RANGE: $43,534.66 - 69,602.52 (76,562.77 with longevity)
LOCATION: 2201 Hogback Rd.

Under the supervision of a higher-classified employee, manage, regulate and proactively supervise inmate behavior by assessing inmate risk and need, effectively assign inmates to housing, meet inmate basic needs, define and convey expectations for inmate behavior, and proactively supervise inmate activities to productively influence how they spend their time.

The Corrections Division operating philosophy is Strategic Inmate Management (SIM).  Corrections Officers fulfill their role, complete their duties, and perform assigned tasks according to the elements, principles, and behavioral requirements of Strategic Inmate Management.


  • Duties expected of all Correction Officers include but are not limited to the following Direct Supervision elements and behavioral requirements:
  • Element 1: Conduct safety and security inspections. E.g., at a minimum of four (4) times per shift, you will conduct searches of the housing unit common areas to identify and address safety and security issues.
  • Element 2: Is the supervisory authority in the housing unit.
  • Serves as the sole authority in the unit.
  • Is the primary decision-maker on matters concerning inmates and activities in the unit.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive supervisory relationship with inmates.
  • Provides direction and coaching to inmates.
  • Supervises all unit activities. E.g., actively and continuously monitor all inmate behavior to ensure inmates are not exerting control over other inmates.
  • Element 3: Provides information and responds to requests and concerns. E.g., use all available resources to answer inmate requests. If an Officer is unable to answer a request, a written response will be provided.
  • Element 4: Continuously interact with inmates throughout the shift. E.g., actively listen, demonstrate interest and concern, and respond to inmate requests while interacting with inmates in the unit.
  • Element 5: Is familiar with all inmates under his/her supervision. E.g., able to describe patterns of inmate behavior and recognize changes.
  • Element 6: Identify and address problems in the early stages. E.g., identify potential conflict among inmates through verbal and non-verbal cues and take appropriate action to determine and address the root causes.
  • Element 7: Motivate inmates to comply with facility rules and behavioral expectations
  • Ensure inmates understand facility rules and expectations for their behavior.
  • Serve as a positive role model for inmate behavior in the unit.
  • Use positive motivation techniques to encourage inmates to comply with facility rules and behavioral expectations.
  • Consistently and fairly hold inmates accountable for complying with rules and behavioral expectations. E.g., convey changes to housing unit rules and behavior expectations during unit town hall meetings.
  • Element 8: Engage inmates in positive activities. E.g., understand and be knowledgeable of all available jail programs and encourage inmates to participate in programming.
  • Element 9: Work as part of a team with fellow housing-unit officers and other staff. E.g., collaborate with support staff and peer professionals (food service, medical, mental health, classification, Reentry Services etc.) on inmate management issues and strategies.
  • Use standard office equipment and computers as well as specialized technologies in the course of their work.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
  • Required Skills and Abilities:
  • Remain calm during stressful situations.
  • Engage in effective interpersonal communication and interaction with all types of people.
  • Use sound, independent judgment within established policy, procedure and the principles of inmate behavior management and direct supervision.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and effective reports and written materials.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively within a team and the larger organizational setting.
  • Possess a basic understanding of technology and computer applications and software.
  • Perform tasks requiring physical endurance and agility under episodic adverse conditions.


The Sheriff's Office is a seven (7) day per week, twenty-four (24) hour per day public safety operation. Employees may be assigned to any Division, Section or Unit within the organization as needed for the overall good of the organization and its efficient and effective operation.

This position involves direct work in a correctional institution with inmates including individuals accused of or convicted of crimes who may suffer from communicable diseases, mental illness or developmental disabilities. Work schedules will vary to meet the operational demands of the agency including working on weekends, holidays, being on-call, and unanticipated overtime.

Employees are not required to live in Washtenaw County but must reside within fifty (50) miles of Station One - 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.


Duties require a basic level of physical fitness and general health in accordance with the Local Correction Officers Physical Ability Test. This includes, by way of example but not limitation, sufficient mobility to work in a normal correctional setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Activities include but are not limited to reaching, sitting, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, grasping, talking/hearing/listening, seeing/observing, and handling large amounts of weight. At times some of these activities may be repetitively performed, exceeding what may be normally expected.

Link to Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating Training Council Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test Candidate Guide:


  • At least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • No prior felony convictions.
  • Successful completion of the Empco Corrections test, earning a minimum score of 70 points:
  • Successful completion of the Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT) as required by the Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council. Test scores are valid for one (1) year.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment written test and interview conducted by the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office. Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, drug screen, and psychological evaluation.


  • Must possess a valid driver's license and be able to work at any designated work site.
  • Must meet qualifications to be a Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) operator.
  • Corrections Officers must successfully complete an approved Corrections Academy, which includes a mandatory basic firearms course, within the first year of employment.
  • Corrections Officers must display firearm proficiency at intervals determined by the Sheriff's Office or as otherwise directed.  


Possession of a high school diploma or equivalency. Possession of an Associates or Bachelor's degree, coursework in criminal justice or related field, or other advanced degree(s) or certificate coursework in related fields is desirable.


Previous work experience in a correctional setting or a collaborative work environment requiring considerable interpersonal interaction is preferred, but not required.

This job description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to increase specific job-related competencies, knowledge, skills or licensing and certifications for successful job performance.