Jailer (Correctional Officer)

La Crosse, WI
La Crosse County Sheriff

Salary: $25.65 Hourly.

Position Summary:

La Crosse County Jail has job opportunities to maintain safety and security of inmates in our modern facility. Jailers work various shifts under rigid rules and regulations in a jail that operates 24 hours per day/seven days per week.

Essential Functions:

  • Receives inmates committed to the County Jail and safeguards their possessions, including currency.
  • Writes reports and completes jail records, such as booking and release information. Enters data into a computer.
  • Supervises the activities of inmates, seeing that they are properly clothed and personal welfare is appropriately monitored.
  • Distributes medications to inmates and assists in provision of basic health care treatments, as directed by facility health care personnel.
  • Operates security equipment in a modern jail. Searches committed persons for contraband and non-authorized articles.
  • Maintains close surveillance of inmates for security, prevention of accidents and of inmates doing harm to themselves or others. Administers emergency medical aid, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation when necessary.
  • Conducts searches of inmate living areas and other areas of the facility, to detect possible contraband items.
  • Answers inquiries when within authority to do so or refers such inquires to appropriate authorities. Appears in court and testifies as a witness.
  • Uses OC spray(pepper spray) and electronic control devices as per training.
  • Extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Receives and records fines and bail/bond transactions.
  • Conducts releases of inmates from custody, completing all appropriate release documents, and return property to inmates.


  • High school diploma or GED required, with a strong preference for a degree in police science, criminal justice, human services, or closely related field.
  • If not certified at the time of hire, must successfully complete 200-hr. Jailer Certification training before passing probation.
  • Must successfully pass background check suitable for law enforcement work (no felonies) and meet other requirements for State Jailer certification.
  • Good character and references certifying stability and integrity. Must be bondable.
  • Alertness/good observation skills, and excellent communication skills.
  • Availability to be contacted easily by telephone and availability to work all shifts and holidays.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record are required for those employees who will be performing transport duties.
  • Must successfully pass pre-employment physicals, including psychological evaluation and drug screen.
  • Per State Statute Chapter 302.41: Whenever there is a prisoner in any jail there shall be at least one person of the same sex on duty who is wholly responsible to the sheriff or keeper for the custody, cleanliness, food and care of such prisoner. Because of this bona fide occupational qualification, finalists may be limited to the gender needed in the facility at the time of the recruitment.