MDOC hiring corrections officers in South MS

GREENE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is hiring officers for its South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County. Interviews and screenings will be conducted Tuesdays, April 8 and April 15, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at the prison in Leakesville.

To become a correctional officer, an applicant must be 18 years of age, possess a valid driver's license and Social Security card, have no felony or domestic violence conviction, and provide proof of a high school diploma or G.E.D.

Applicants must also:

-Complete a math quiz, a written report and a physical agility exercise, which consists of a one-mile walk or run completed in 30 minutes and a tower climb

-Show proof of selective service registration, if a male between the ages of 18-25 years of age.

Benefits include paid training, medical insurance, life insurance, state retirement, promotional opportunities and an employee recognition program. Starting pay is $1,833.80 per month.

"If you want a job that is dependable and allows you to advance, you should certainly consider coming to work for MDOC," said MDOC Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. "I started as a correctional officer and have been with the department for 32 years. I feel I have made a difference and continue to do so. I encourage anyone who wants a job in which he or she wants to make a positive difference to consider becoming a correctional officer."

Applicants can apply online from the MDOC website, or the Mississippi State Personnel Board website,, or by contacting Personnel Services at (601) 359-5696 or SMCI Personnel Department at (601) 394-5600 ext. 1217.

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