Position Description

Corrections Officers 2022
Location MC - Wausau
MC Department Sheriff’s Office
Application Deadline Date 12/31/22
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Marathon County in Northcentral Wisconsin is a great place to live, work, visit and conduct business. Our county government is highly regarded and contributes to a high quality of life by:

  • ensuring public safety;
  • protecting natural resources;
  • preparing for emergency and disaster responses;
  • protecting vulnerable populations;
  • creating and maintaining a high quality infrastructure for transportation;
  • providing education and fostering economic development; and
  • using process improvement techniques to improve publice services.

Eligible Marathon County employees enjoy competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and a range of excellent benefits,  including:

  • Pay for Performance System
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Wisconsin Retirement System Defined Benefit Plan
  • Post Employment Health Plan
  • Income Continuation Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Holidays
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Educational Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Recognition Programs and a Positive Workplace Culture




The Marathon County Employee Resources Department is recruiting to fill current and future vacancies that may occur.

Corrections Officers and Juvenile Detention Officers are responsible for the safety and supervision of inmates at the Marathon County adult jail and juvenile detention center operating 24 hours a day, seven days per week.  Employees work 12 hour shifts on a 2on/2off, 3on/2off, 2on/3off shift schedule.  This work schedule includes weekends and holidays.

This is responsible work ensuring that secure, safe, and sanitary conditions exists in the daily operation of the County Adult or Juvenile detention facility. Corrections Officers must be capable to perform duties in all areas of the corrections facilities including floor, housing control, central control, booking, escort/transportation, and Huber/home monitoring assignments at any given time. Corrections Officers may also be required to provide assistance in the duties of Classification and Court Officers. 

 Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.  Employees will need to exercise some independent judgment when monitoring inmate behavior.  Decisions are usually limited to interpretation of rules and an immediate supervisor is available for consultation.  No supervision is exercised over other employees but may involve supervision of inmate work.  Direct supervision is received from supervisors or higher ranking officers.  Work is reviewed by observance and inspection of compliance with established rules and procedures.  Work may be performed on a rotating shift basis.  Work involves an element of danger.



High school graduation or equivalent preferred.  PLUS one of the following:
• One year work experience involving direct care and safety of inmates in a correctional setting, residents in a group/shelter home, or patients in a secured institutional facility;
• OR one year law enforcement experience;
• OR related associate or bachelor degree;
• OR equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Good personal reputation and background which will withstand pre-appointment investigation. Current certification as a Wisconsin Jail Officer or Juvenile Detention Officer is a plus.  Ability to speak Hmong or Spanish is not required, but will be given credit in evaluating applications. NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATION: Valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets County standards.



Performs varied job assignments as required, rotating assignments between floor, housing control, central control, booking, escort/transportation, and Huber/home monitoring assignments.  Examples of duties follow:

  • Receives arrested, detained, or sentenced persons and properly books all incarcerated inmates in accordance with established procedures.
  • Maintains security of adult or juvenile inmates and facility involving both direct inmates supervision and periodic checks of all blocks.
  • Completes inmate population counts, security logs, and incident reports as needed.
  • Ensures inmates are following facility policies; completes cell searches as necessary; reports any discrepancies to supervisor for disciplinary review.
  • Delivers meals, prescribed medications, linens, mail, and canteen items to inmates.
  • Escorts inmates within facility for attorney and probation visits, court appearances, sick call, and various programs.  Escorts inmates outside of facility for court appearances, medical appointments, Health Care Center, etc.
  • Operates all electronically controlled doors within facility.  Monitors closed circuit cameras and alarms.  Dispatches staff to areas of need within the facility.
  • Monitors vehicles entering secure garage and visitors in the secure area.
  • Operates the TIME systems computer plus other equipment in central control.  Ensures security of the central control area.
  • Completes required documentation before releasing inmates; processes any bonding.
  • Monitors arrival and departure time of huber inmates.  Ensures returning inmates are properly searched.
  • May be assigned hospital duty to guard an inmate receiving medical care.
  • May be required to employ passive counter measures and control alternatives, when interacting with inmates in combative situations.
  • Develops solutions to work issues that add value for our customers.
  • Participates in establishing professional development goals that are supportive of broader County goals.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance; works overtime/extra hours as required.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, plus statutes pertaining to the custody/discipline of adult or juvenile inmates and operation of the assigned facility after appropriate training period.
  • Working knowledge of police arrest procedures.  Working knowledge of juvenile intake procedures.
  • Ability to detect and recognize potential hazards and dangers to the security and safety of inmates or the facility.
  • Ability to deal firmly with potentially dangerous persons and yet maintain an awareness of their personal needs.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor under highly emotional and stressful situations.
  • Ability to reason and act quickly and appropriately in emergency situations.
  • Ability to observe and accurately interpret inmate mental/physical conditions and behavior.
  • Ability to deal firmly, yet tactfully, with the general public, including lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officers, inmates' families, etc.
  • Ability to understand and effectively implement oral or written instructions.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to learn use of computer terminal.
  • Ability to operate all communications and emergency equipment available in the facility.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.


Initial Hire Rate: $22.07/hour -  After 1-year probation increase to $23.21/hour

Candidates with prior experience may lateral in at $23.21/hour.



All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application. The selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of education and background, oral interview, review of references, written background assessment, extensive background investigation, and/or other job-related selection procedures.  The selected candidate will be required to satisfactorily complete a post-offer medical examination, psychological assessment, and drug screening paid for by the County.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE:  This classification may have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  Refer to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department Exposure Control Plan for more specific information.



Marathon County will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Employee Resources Department office or phone (715) 261-1451 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.



Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the County not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Employee Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:         Ongoing Recruitment until department needs are met.

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