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Madison County corrections officer test switches to online questionnaire

Posted 11/19/22

The civil service examination for corrections officers in Madison County has switched from a written test to an online questionnaire, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

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Madison County corrections officer test switches to online questionnaire

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WAMPSVILLE — The civil service examination for corrections officers in Madison County has switched from a written test to an online questionnaire, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Todd Hood said his department has joined a pilot program through the state Civil Service Department to offer a training and experience questionnaire instead of the usual written, multiple choice exam. The questionnaire is taken online and will judge a candidate’s fit for the position based on their personal training and experience.

“Eliminating the obstacle of a civil service exam requirement is a much needed change, now we can more easily recruit individuals for these positions,” said Sheriff Hood in a release.

“Across the state, sheriff’s office are hurting for staffing, especially in the corrections division. How can we guarantee the safety of our community, as well as our officers, if we cannot appropriately staff our jails? Increased regulations by New York State and the inability to hire due to waiting on civil service exams results have truly hurt our staffing levels to the point where we are in a crisis.”

The deadline to apply for the online test is Nov. 29. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will have to then complete the questionnaire between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15.

There is no fee to apply to take the questionnaire. To apply, visit the website www.madisoncounty.ny.gov.

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