Corrections Position

Benton County Corrections Department - Corrections Officer



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Benton County Corrections Department - Corrections Officer

Last updated on April 25, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 4

Testing Deadline: June 10, 2023.

Important Information

Recruitment Flyer

Please Note: All candidates interested in becoming a Benton County Corrections Officer, must also apply and attach/upload their PHS online on the Benton County website at . Go to Job Openings; Corrections Officer; Apply.  Please remember to complete the entire application and attach/upload your PST PHS to be considered.

Example of Duties:

Receives and processes new inmates. Searches inmates; collects, records, and maintains prisoner's personal articles; reviews commitment orders, books, fingerprints, photographs, and places prisoners in cells.

Inputs and updates computer and manual files to complete incident, general, arrest, inmate, and statistical reports to ensure legal requirements are met.

Escorts or assures custody of inmates in transit to court appearances, hospitals or other medical facilities, or other correctional institutions.

Coordinates inmate control and distribution of necessary documents in the courtroom; calculates credit time for court sentencing as requested; verifies and updates court-related information on computer, such as final disposition, sentencing, and release dates.

Monitors electronic surveillance equipment and observes inmate, trustee, and visitor movement, programs, and activities within facility to control over-all security of and access to the facility.

Performs searches of inmates and facility for contraband.

Inspects jail facilities for security and cleanliness to assure facilities are maintained in accordance with established procedures.

Arranges for the release of inmates in accordance with established procedures. May assist in coordination of work release program, indoctrinating inmates into program, verifying places of employment, logging inmates in and out, and collecting and posting work release fees.

Prepares and submits written reports concerning inmate population and jail functions in accordance with established procedures.

Performs or ensures distribution of commissary items purchased by prisoners such as candy, snacks, and toilet articles, and records payment on voucher. Provides meals, and supervises inmates in housing units.

Responds to inquiries, complaints, or requests for information regarding area of assignment from inmates, other staff and the general public, providing information within scope of knowledge and authority, or refers to appropriate individual.

Maintains current knowledge and skills in area of assignment by attending seminars and job-related training courses.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Community Information

Benton County is located in Southeastern Washington within a confluence of Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers where there is over 300 days of sunshine. We are a mix of urban and rural community with a population of 204,390 and cover an area of 1,722 square miles. The great weather and water make Benton County a great place for water recreation, golf, and hiking, to name a few. Agriculture, over 300 wineries, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and numerous food-processing plants are just some of the industries that drive our economy. Benton County was established in 1905 with Prosser chosen as the county seat. The Prosser Courthouse was built in 1926 and as the population expanded, the Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick opened in 1984. The Courthouse, Justice Center, and Sheriff’s Office serve the needs of the population from both ends of the county and unincorporated areas.

Area Information

County: Benton
Population: 204,390
# of Staff: 99 Corrections Staff

Hiring Status

Benton County Corrections Department - Corrections Officer has 4 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is June 10, 2023.

ATTENTION:  All candidates interested in becoming a Benton County Corrections Officer, must also apply and attach/upload their PST Candidate Profile/Application and Personal History Statement (PHS) online on the Benton County website at . Go to Job Openings; Corrections Officer; Apply.  Please remember to complete the entire application and attach/upload your PST Candidate Profile/Application and PHS to be considered.  

Benton County Corrections Department currently has THREE opening(s). This number can change at any time. We highly encourage all individuals to apply and test with Public Safety Testing as soon as possible, so when our agency is ready to schedule interviews, your application, Personal History Statement (PHS), and test scores have already been received and you can be considered to participate. Please note: It is a requirement that we have already received your PHS before you can be scheduled for an interview, so please complete and upload/submit your PHS as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in Benton County Corrections Department! If you have any questions regarding the testing, Personal History Statement (PHS), background, polygraph, psychological exam, or hiring process for this position, please contact Tammy Dufault at (509) 737-2777 or email her at

Salary Information

Correction Officer salary range: $4,502 - $5,838 per month, plus benefits.

Benefit Information

Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, education bonus, service pay, specialty pay, uniform allowance and equipment provisions. Additional benefits include EAP, AFLAC, time loss and deferred compensation plans.

Benton County Corrections Department - Corrections Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required

Please Note: All candidates interested in Benton County Corrections must also apply online at .

LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident/Legally Eligible to Work in the US.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No Felony Convictions as an Adult Within 5 Years of Application.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score

Benton County Corrections Department - Corrections Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 2 years (Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
Automatic Suspension of driver’s license within past 2 years.
Automatic 5 or more moving violations in past 2 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Marijuana - use/possession within one year of application or while employed as LEO (including military).
Automatic Illegal Drugs (all others) - illegal use/possession within 7 years of application, or while employed as LEO (including military).
Automatic Steroids - illegal; use/possession within 3 years of application.
Automatic Manufacture/Cultivation/Sales/Transportation - of any illegal drug as an adult - no time limit.
Automatic Applicant tests positive for drugs.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Felony - as adult within 5 years of application, admission(s) of committing or while employed as LEO
Automatic Felony - conviction of any felony under WA law.
Automatic DV Convictions - (any) or related crime that bars applicant from firearm possession.
Automatic Conviction of a Crime of Moral Turpitude as an adult.
Automatic Crimes against children - admission(s) of any.
Automatic False Swearing - conviction of any crime involving false swearing.
Automatic Arrest Warrant - at time of application.
Automatic Assault under color of authority or any other violation of state of federal Civil Rights Laws, admission(s) of administrative or criminal convictions for.
Automatic Failure to report witnessed criminal conduct by another law enforcement officer, admission(s) of admin or criminal convictions.
Automatic Fired or resigned in lieu of termination - from 2 or more jobs in the last 5 years.
Automatic Alcoholic beverages on the job - unauthorized use in last 3 years.
Automatic Racial, ethnic or sexual harassment or discrimination - disciplined for.
Automatic DUI - within 2 years of application or two DUI convictions in the past 10 years. Includes diversion, sentence reduction, plea bargains.
Automatic False statements - making any during application process. Includes discrepancies between our background investigation and those of other agencies.
Automatic Forgery - alteration or intentional omission of facts on application forms (cheating, dishonesty, deception).
Automatic Dishonorable Discharge - from armed forces.
Automatic Missing any appointment during the application process (without permission).
Automatic If you were rejected or disqualified from Benton County Corrections Department, you must wait at least 12 months before reapplying and/or being reconsidered for hire.

Contact Information

Benton County Corrections Department - Corrections Officer

7122 West Okanogan Place Bldg. B
Kennewick, WA 99336 Benton County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

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