Sheriff's Office
Dustin D. Heuerman, County Sheriff

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We are currently offering free testing for correctional officer applicants. Newly hired entry-level and experienced Correctional Officers are eligible for a $5,000 sign-on bonus if hired before December 31, 2022. In addition to the sign-on bonus, experienced Correctional Officers eligible for hire under the Experienced Correctional Officer Hiring Program who are hired before December 31, 2022 are eligible to start at the salary level equivalent to their years of full-time experience, up to five years, per the FOP Collective Bargaining Contract.

To qualify under the Experienced Correctional Officer Hiring Program under the Sheriff’s Merit Commission, an applicant must have at least one year of full-time experience as a Correctional Officer and be certified as a full-time Correctional Officer through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board without having to attend a corrections academy.

Those meeting the qualifications under the Experienced Correctional Officer Hiring Program may not need to take the required written exam for entry-level applicants and should send an e-mail of interest or further inquiry to Teresa Schleinz at

Do you have what it takes to be successful in this challenging, yet rewarding, career?

Champaign County Sheriff's Deputies
For those interested in a career in criminal justice, there are a variety of opportunities at the Sheriff’s office. If you’re interested in a rewarding career where you can make a true difference in our community, look no further!

Law Enforcement Deputy and Correctional Officer Applicant Testing

The Sheriff’s office allows candidates to test year-round for the positions of deputy sheriff and corrections deputy. Both deputies and correctional officers are required to be at least 21 years of age at the time of employment and have no felony convictions. Upon employment, deputies are required to live within Champaign County and corrections officers are required to live in Champaign County or a surrounding county bordering Champaign County. Starting salary in 2022 for a patrol deputy is approximately $55,833 and for a correctional officer is approximately $44,662.

To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to,
select Law Enforcement or Corrections and sign up for the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

What to expect at the website:

  • Completion of the application process
  • Review all information related to the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Deputy or Correctional Officer position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for the entry level test.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on the department’s eligibility list. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process as the opportunity arises, including an interview, physical agility test (for patrol deputy candidates), an in-depth background check, psychological exam, and medical exam.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office where the final decisions are made.

More information on each of these positions can be found here:

Champaign County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Deputy Recruitment Packet

Champaign County Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer Recruitment Packet

Court Security Officer

Applications for Court Security Officer are accepted when there is an opening. Openings will be listed on Champaign County’s page: Court Security Officers must be at least 21 years of age at the time of employment and must live in Champaign County. Starting salary in 2022 for a Court Security Officer is approximately $43,013.

Support Positions

There are a variety of support positions at the Sheriff’s office. Some include records clerk, visitation clerk, administrative assistant, master control operator and data/crime analyst. Applications for these positions are accepted when there is an advertised opening. Openings will be listed on Champaign County’s page: .

All final candidates are required to go through a comprehensive background check.