CORRECTION: This article has been edited to reflect changes submitted by the county. A human resources contact was added and the age requirement of 21 years old was removed.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The county announced Thursday it will launch a recruitment drive for candidates interested in taking the Civil Service examination for a correction officer position, according to a statement.
"This is a great time for candidates who are interested in becoming a correction officer," Commissioner of Correction Kevin M. Cheverko said. He started as a correction officer in 1985 and moved up the ranks to his current position.
A correction officer will start with a base salary of $50,125 and must have a high school diploma. Candidates must pass the civil service examination as well as other entry-level requirements.
Candidates interested in taking the exam on April 14 must file by Feb. 10. The list of qualified candidates will then be used for the next four years as the county expects numerous openings due to retirements, the statement said.
Those interested can access the exam's study guide and application at the county website. They may also contact Patricia Griffith in Human Resources at (914) 995-8644. In addition, for career questions, they may contact Sgt. Pam Marable of the Correction department’s Community Affairs Unit at (914) 231-1370 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marable said that being a correction officer takes more than watching over prisoners, as officers can specialize in certain areas.
"I take a lot of pride in my profession," she said. "Correction officers play a role in showing that there are choices and consequences in life. No day is ever the same and the work is hard, but the salary and benefits are great."
The Department of Correction is the largest law enforcement agency in Westchester County.