Cook County Sheriff - Merit Board

Application for Cook County Sheriff’s Correctional Officer


Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board
69 W. Washington - Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 603-0170


Application Process
Qualifications - Confirm that you:
  1. BE A UNITED STATES CITIZEN;
  2. BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER;
  3. HAVE A VALID HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G.E.D. ACCEPTABLE TO THE SHERIFF’S MERIT BOARD AND/OR AT LEAST SIXTY (60) COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS FROM AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY;
  4. OR BE 20 YEARS OF AGE WITH TWO (2) YEARS OF COLLEGE CREDIT IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY;
  5. HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE ACCEPTABLE TO THE SHERIFF’S MERIT BOARD;
  6. HAVE A VALID FIREARM OWNERS IDENTIFICATION CARD(FOID), OR BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A FOID CARD WITHIN ONE MONTH OF APPOINTMENT;
I acknowledge that I meet qualifications A through F listed above

Please be advised applicants will be disqualified from consideration for employment as a Cook County Correctional Officer if it is determined that the applicant has;
  1. Committed the deliberate omission, concealment or falsification of relevant facts from any personnel security questionnaire, personal history statement, or similar form used to conduct investigations, determine employment qualifications, etc.
  2. Been convicted of a felony
  3. Committed employment related crimes
  4. Sold illegal drugs
  5. Used illegal drugs within a specific period of time
  6. Acquired extensive debt or evidence of extreme financial negligence
I acknowledge that I will be disqualified from consideration if it is determined that any of the preceding criteria apply to me

  • Applicants will be notified of the next step of the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board process by email.
  • Applicants will be notified of the written examination(s), test(s) and physical ability test by email. The physical ability test includes running one and one half (1 & ½ ) miles in 16.52 minutes, completing up to twenty four (24) sit-ups in one (1) minute, and completing one (1) bench press equal to 52% of your total body weight.
  • If you change your email address it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to change the email address in your on-line profile.
  • All applicants certified by the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board will be subject to additional testing by the Cook County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Human Resources.
  • The application posting period may end without notice, if your application has not been completed and submitted it will not be considered. If you do not complete your application immediately you can utilize the Cook County Sheriff's Office website link that will be listed on your emailed payment receipt to return to your application.
  • Please note: All future communication(s) from the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board will be via email. It is your responsibility to ensure your email address is current and that you check your email, including "Spam" to ensure you do not miss any notifications. In addition to checking your personal email account, you may also check for notifications by logging in to the on-line application system, utilizing your login and password. Once you have logged in, click on "My Jobpage" and look for your Correctional Officer job submission. If any email notifications have been sent you will see a heading called "View email Messages". Open it up to both view and print the email notification(s) sent to you.
  • If you meet the requirements listed above, process your payment and proceed to the application process. Upon payment you will be emailed a receipt that contains a confirmation number. The payment confirmation number must be entered on the application under "Filing Fee Confirmation Number".