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We accept applications year round for this position. Applicants will receive notice of test dates when set. An application can be completed using the link at the bottom of this page.

**The next written examination will be held on Saturday, January 09, 2016 and the physical ability test will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016.**



  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at hiring.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen or have a Permanent Resident Card (Greencard)
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Applicant must possess a valid FOID - Firearm Owner's Identification Card. (Can be applied for online at: (*After receiving an offer of employment)
  • Applicant must live in McHenry County or any bordering Illinois counties, or Kenosha/Walworth counties in Wisconsin, within one year of hiring.


  • Completed Sheriff's Department Application
  • Copy of Valid Driver's License
  • Copy of Valid FOID - Firearm Owner's Identification Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate / US Citizenship Paperwork / Permanent Resident Card (Greencard)
  • Copy of High School Diploma/GED
  • Copy of High School Transcripts
  • Copy of College Diploma (If applicable)
  • Copy of College Transcripts (If applicable)
  • Copy of Military Discharge DD214 papers (if applicable)

In order to be placed on the Corrections Hiring Eligibility List, an applicant must turn in the above required paperwork and complete each of the following:


Three-part test based upon general knowledge.  Candidates must receive a minimum passing score of 70% in each part:  reading comprehension, basic math skills, writing skills, grammar, spelling, and interpretation. You do not need prior law enforcement knowledge to pass.


-Based upon the state mandated POWER test standards. Applicants must be dressed appropriately and wear gym shoes for participating in the Physical Ability Test.

  Men   Women
Age Group  20-29  30-39  40-49  50-59  20-29     30-39  40-49  50-59 
Sit and Reach  16 15 13.8 12.8 18.8   17.8 16.8 16.3
1-Minute Sit-Up  37 34 28 23 31   24 19 13
Max Bench Press %  0.98 0.87 0.79 0.7 0.58   0.52 0.49 0.43
1.5 Mile Run  13.46 14.31 15.24 16.21 16.21   16.52 17.53 18.44

Those applicants interested in taking the POWER Test before ours is hosted in lieu of ours, can sign up to take the test with NIPSTA - The Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy. Their website and payment information can be found If you choose to take the POWER TEST with NIPSTA and pass, you will be issued a POWER TEST card valid for one year. A copy of this card needs to be faxed to (815)338-3321 in order to bypass our in-house POWER TEST.


Interviews are conducted by the Corrections Administration.

After placement on the Corrections Hiring Eligibility List, an applicant must successfully complete any additional procedures as may be required by the Sheriff of McHenry County at his/her sole discretion (including, but not limited to, background investigation, physical examination, drug screening examination, and criminal history check). The applicants on the Eligibility List are not ranked but are listed in alphabetical order. The Sheriff may hire any person on the Eligibility List as he/she deems appropriate. The Eligibility List is valid for one year.



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