Career Opportunities

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Application for Employment

To apply for a Cowley County position please follow the instructions on which application to fill out:

For all positions EXCEPT Cowley County Sheriff’s office:

Cowley County requires a new application for each listing.  You can apply in person, or download the Application for Employment (requires the use of a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader) and email to or you can mail to:

Cowley County Administrator’s office

Att: Kristi Imel

311 E. 9th

Winfield, KS 67156



For a position at the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office:

Cowley County Sheriff requires a new application for each listing (Sheriff Department or Jail).  You can apply in person or download the Sheriff application(requires the use of a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader) and take it to:

Cowley County Sheriff’s Office

311 E. 9th

Winfield, KS 67156

Cowley County provides benefits for full time employees (such as, health insurance, life insurance and paid leave) and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority and Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


Cowley County is seeking applications for highly skilled and experienced candidates for the following positions!

Corrections Officer

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DATE:                                      01/01/2018     

JOB TITLE:                            CORRECTIONS OFFICER

DEPARTMENT:                    JAIL

FLSA STATUS:                      NON‑EXEMPT

STARTING SALARY:           GRADE 5 (13.47 – 18.57)


Under general supervision, performs duties related to the enforcement of federal, state and county laws and ordinances in conjunction with processing and care of County prisoners.



  • Processes incoming inmates, to include searches, inventory of personal property, issuance of jail clothing, photographing, fingerprinting, and completion of the computer based booking program.
  • conducts search of inmates and their clothing
  • searches for contraband;
  • prepares and maintains logs and reports
  • oversees inmates
  • Maintains security, accountability and control of inmates.
  • performs periodic shakedowns;
  • periodically observes and monitors activities and well-being of inmates
  • inspects mail and personal property;
  • provides simple basic first aid and CPR
  • calls for EMS and officer support in emergencies;
  • serves meals and insures proper feeding of inmates and inmate hygiene
  • issues items from commissary;
  • assists in the transportation of inmates
  • releases and logs out inmates for work release and checks them in on return;
  • Releases inmates with the approval of the Shift Supervisor after all checks required by facility policies and procedures are completed and are deemed accurate.
  • completes a variety of reports and documents;
  • receives and secures bonds;
  • maintains records;
  • may serve summonses, warrants, and subpoenas;
  • performs other duties as assigned.




  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Kansas Driver’s license
  • Minimum of 18 years of age or older by hiring date.
  • No Felony Convictions
  • No convictions for domestic Violence, Stalking or related offenses.
  • Must be able to perform the physical duties of the position of Corrections Officer.



Working knowledge of first aid.

Ability to learn regulations regarding jails and confinement of prisoners and of the principles, techniques and practices involved in prisoner care and maintenance.

Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

Ability to perform a high level of sustained physical activity.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and interact effectively with supervisors, co-workers, prisoners and the general public.



Any combination of experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school; some experience involving public contact is desirable.



  • The incumbent must possess good overall physical and mental condition consistent with the unassisted ability to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, all statutorily defined activities, duties and tasks of a Corrections Officer. These activities, duties and tasks are presumed to include the responsibilities set forth within this position description.
  • A Corrections Officer must be able to:
    • Perform the physical functions of a corrections officer.
    • Stand for long periods of time
    • Respond to emergencies, using physical force to subdue or restrain violent or combative inmates, as warranted by the inmates actions/aggression.
    • Manually operate gates and doors.
    • Lift/carry/assist with the evacuation of unconscious or unwilling inmates.
    • Crouch/climb/kneel/crawl/walk as necessary to conduct searches
    • Run up/down stairs, run distances, and deal effectively with inmates immediately upon arrival
    • Have correctable and peripheral vision to observe the activities of inmates.
    • Communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
    • Take effective action to properly manage incarcerated adults
  • A Corrections Officer must possess:
    • The ability to attend training in order to develop the skills needed to be an effective Corrections Officer.
    • The ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
    • The ability to type/keyboard in order to write reports and enter data into a computer based inmate database.
    • The ability to interact in the adult correctional environment effectively and proactively.
    • The ability to follow the policies, procedures, General Orders and Post orders of the facility.
    • The ability to make decisions based upon the facts and circumstances present at the time of an incident or event and take action based upon the decision made.
  • Applications open until position filled.



Download the application form here

Sheriff’s Office Jail Administrator

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The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Jail Administrator.  The Jail Administrator, under the direction of the Undersheriff and Sheriff, plans, organizes and performs duties related to the daily operation of the Cowley County Jail.  This is an Administrative Exempt position with a salary range of approximately $43,000 to $46,000 annually, depending on Qualifications.

The Cowley County Jail is the responsibility of the Cowley County Sheriff and houses approximately 100 to 120 inmates per day with a current staffing of 21 Corrections Officers.  The Jail Administrator is responsible for all aspects of the jail and the employees working there.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Assists in the screening and hiring of applicants to work as Corrections Officers in the facility
  • Develops and maintains scheduling of personnel for efficient & effective operation of the jail
  • Assists in the preparation and administration of the department’s annual budget.  Maintains and monitors assigned budgets
  • As assigned by the County Sheriff; plans, develops and evaluates department goals, objectives, policies and procedures; assesses and evaluates departmental operations and activities and makes recommendations for improvement. Monitors and reviews trends in Corrections and criminal justice and recommends operational and policy improvements. Assures effective communications of Corrections issues and any changes in procedures and protocols.
  • Provides support, direction and coaching to subordinate employees in the areas of performance management, problem resolution, planning and work assignments; listens and responds to employee problems, concerns, and complaints and suggests solutions that may rectify the situation; prepares performance evaluations, discusses performance with assigned staff, and counsels employees concerning performance improvements.
  • Performs a variety of specialized functions in areas of expertise as assigned, including field training, professional standards, administrative services, court security, jail and detention facility duties, and related functions.
  • Maintains jail records, handles inmate grievances; on rare occasions; transports prisoners to and from courts and other jurisdictions or facilities as required.  Completes a variety of reports and documents required for prisoner incarceration and release, receives and secures bonds on an occasional and temporary basis.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork; and performs follow-up investigations as required.
  • Monitors telephone calls and visitors of prisoners including families, conducts and/or supervises the conduct of internal investigations in the jail or involving correctional staff transporting inmates.
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required by the Sheriff or Undersheriff.
  • Oversees the transport of inmates; to and from court appearances, to medical facilities and other jurisdictions.

  Marginal duties and responsibilities

  • Assures the effective cleaning and maintenance of the correctional facility, vehicles and equipment as assigned
  • Oversees correctional department computers as assigned and instructs employees in the operation of computer software
  • Operates and supervises the operation of a NCIC terminal.
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required

 Experience:  Four years of experience as a Corrections Officer, including two years in a supervisory role.

Education:  High School Diploma/GED required.  Prefer completion of a certified course in Jail management.  Associates degree preferred.


Must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license with the ability to be on call 24 hours a day.  Thorough knowledge of the laws and statues of the State of Kansas; along with all principles and practices of detention management.  Knowledge of the principles and techniques of photography and finger-printing.  Ability to apply and train others in regulations regarding jails and confinement of prisoners and of the principles, techniques and practices involved in prisoner care and maintenance.  Remain calm in stressful situations and to apply logical thinking in determining a proper course of action in a minimum amount of time.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with and interact with supervisors, prisoners, other law enforcement agencies, and the public.

Accountability:  Assure that the jail is operated in accordance with modern correctional procedures, and in accordance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations related to corrections and jail operations.  Including housing, feeding, clothing, medical care, recreation, safety and education of inmates

Supervision: Supervision of a staff of 20-30 full time employees.  Responsible for transportation of inmates.  Plans and supervises the inmate work release program

Working Conditions: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The applicant will need to complete an application by either going to or coming to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office at 911 Fuller, Winfield, Kansas.  The applicant will be able to pass a polygraph examination, psychological testing, background interview, physical and drug screen.  Successful applicants will then be scheduled to meet with the Sheriff and his designee for an interview.

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To view the letter to applicant with qualifications please click here



Download the application form here