The Cook County Sheriff’s Department says it is set to make hundreds of hires in coming months.
Sheriff Thomas Dart said Wednesday that his department is prepared to hire more than 500 correctional officers next year. The first class of recruits is to come in January. Dart’s office says the jobs pay about $45,000 a year and include health, dental and vision insurance and pension.
The sheriff’s office says the jobs are available because of a federal mandate that more officers be added at the Cook County Jail.
Sheriff Dart says the department has noticed “not only the increase in quantity but also the increase in quality of applicants.”