Kolb Promotes Correction Officer Career Opportunity

Assemblyman encourages Upstate residents looking for rewarding career to take correction officer trainee exam
January 26, 2009

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today informed upstate residents that the state Department of Correctional Services will hold a competitive Civil Service examination throughout the state on April 4. The filing deadline is February 17.

“This is a great opportunity for upstate New Yorkers who are looking for a rewarding career with the New York State Department of Correctional Services,” said Kolb. “I hope interested residents will take advantage of this great opportunity to become a state correction officer.”

The starting annual salary for an officer trainee is $34,329. Upon successful completion of a one-year traineeship period, the annual salary increases to $41,348. Salaries may vary depending on location of employment. Officers also are eligible for a comprehensive health insurance program, retirement initiative and other benefits.

To become a correction officer, individuals must be in good physical and mental health, notes Kolb. At the time of appointment, candidates must be U.S. citizens at least 21 years of age, New York state residents, and possess either a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Applicants undergo a background, medical, physical and psychological check before appointment to the training academy.

Kolb noted that applications are available at www.docs.state.ny.us and at all state Department of Labor offices as well as New York state correctional facilities.