ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – For all those who thought Friday, November 4th was the last day to take the Civil Service Exam to become a Corrections Officer, well, think again.

Last Friday it was announced that Oneida County, along with 12 others, has been approved for a pilot program to switch the method by which they hire corrections officers.

Previously, one would have to pass the civil service exam, but now there is a questionnaire instead of a test, which will not only expedite the process but ensure that good, potential employees aren’t overlooked due to a test score – helping the ongoing staffing issue.

“It’s neat because the person’s gonna be able to apply to take this – I call it a questionnaire – and if you have the minimum qualifications, you’ll get this link that you’ll click on, and obviously the answers to the questionnaire will determine your score,” explained Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.

He continued, “So, I certainly don’t want to say everyone’s going to pass, but it sounds to me like it’s a pretty good chance that everyone will meet the minimum qualifications, and then your job experience and various educational background, whatever the case may be, will bring you up on the ranking.”

“So, it’s certainly very encouraging because it’s going to streamline things.”

This is the way that New York State has been operating for years, so while it’s not an entirely new process, it’s just now coming to Oneida County.

So, for anyone interested, the deadline has now been extended to November 29th, and you can find the details linked here.