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Company Name:Wayne County Government
Location:Detroit, MI
Employment Type:Full Time
Category:Jail Services
Pay:$34,252 - Salary
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At the time of application and appointment, applicants must have: 

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, Social Sciences, Health Care, Education or a closely related degree; OR
  • An Associate's Degree or 60 semester hours AND two (2) years full-time paid experience working with youth in law enforcement, education, human services or social services; OR
  • A high school diploma or equivalent AND four (4) years full-time paid experience working with youth in law enforcement, education, human services or social services; AND
  • A valid State of Michigan driver's license and an acceptable safe driving record. (INDICATE MICHIGAN DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER ON FRONT OF APPLICATION).


NOTE:  Applicants must describe their experience and training in sufficient detail to allow evaluation of their acceptability under the above qualifications and submit proof of education (MUST BE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS).

Failure to submit and/or comply with the above will result in a rejection of their application.



Appointees must obtain a State of Michigan Chauffeur's license within their probationary period.  Appointees who do not obtain the chauffeurs license will be removed from the Juvenile Detention Specialist position pursuant to the Department of Personnel/Human Resources procedures.


As a condition of employment, appointees must:

  1. Obtain and submit with application, Family Independence Agency Central Registry Clearance, and annually thereafter;
  2. Be willing to accept appointment to any one of the three shifts in any five-day work week schedule, Monday through Sunday, including holidays;
  3. Have a medical examination and drug screen when hired and annually thereafter;
  4. Have binocular vision;
  5. Agree to a criminal history check and subject to periodic criminal checks;
  6. Provide three (3) Educational or Professional letters of recommendation. Letters must be from persons unrelated to appointee and be less than 12 months old. Letters must include relationship to applicant, phone number and mailing address.


Juvenile Detention Specialists participate in the security, care and custody of youth residents in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility who have been accused of criminal activity and are going through the judicial process.  They are responsible for: maintaining control and security of living quarters; instructing and supervising the youth in personal hygiene; counseling youth on personal behavior problems; and supervising the housekeeping activities of the youth in and about the facility.  Juvenile Detention Specialists are also responsible for documentation of activities and behavior; maintaining housekeeping supplies and clothing and special detail work in the facility.


A Written test (40%) will be administered covering knowledge of juvenile behavior traits, care and treatment in a confined juvenile facility and related factors. Personal Qualifications Interview will be rated at (60%).

Applicants who fail the written examination must wait 60 days before reapplying for this announcement.

Candidates must pass all tests in order to be placed on the eligibility list.

In the event that the number of eligible applicants is equal to or less than the number required for certification, the Department of Personnel/Human Resources may substitute for the above tests an evaluation of experience and training or other such tests as the Department may deem desirable to determine the competence of the applicants for appointment.


The purpose of this examination is to establish an eligibility list from which to fill present and future vacancies.  The eligibility list will remain in effect for six (6) months, but may be extended.


The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used only when there are no persons available on the current established Juvenile Detention Specialist list. All lists will remain in existence until exhausted or terminated by the Department of Personnel/Human Resources.


This is a continuous examination and ranking on the eligible list will be subject to change as names are added to and removed from the list.


Fringe Benefits: Employees receive liberal fringe benefits which include vacation pay, sick leave pay, health care insurance, optical, dental, long term disability, life insurance and a retirement plan. 

How to Apply: Application must be made on an official application form (P/HR-210), which may be obtained at the office of the Department of Personnel/Human Resources.  The application will be used for determining eligibility for admission to the examination and as a basis for rating experience and training.  

Medical Examination: A pre-employment medical examination including a drug screen is given to all persons hired by the County to evaluate their physical and mental health.  Candidates who do not pass the medical examination and drug screen will be disqualified.

Investigation and Probationary Period: An investigation of character and past employment and/or fingerprinting of candidates will also be conducted.  Appointees must satisfactorily complete a probationary period before the appointment will be considered permanent, in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements.

Veteran's Preference: Honorably discharged war veterans who receive passing grades on examination will have ten (10) points added to their final earned examination scores and those who have a service connected disability will have five (5) points added to their score, for a possible total of fifteen (15) additional points.  Requests for and proof of eligibility must be submitted at the time of the examination.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The County of Wayne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, or disability.

Accommodations for the Disabled: A disabled person needing accommodation in connection with a job application or to participate in the examination process must notify the Department of Personnel/Human Resources.  A reasonable accommodation may also be required on the job to enable the individual to perform the essential job functions.  Such accommodations will be evaluated at the time of appointment.  Hearing or speech impaired persons using TDD's or similar devices may contact the Michigan Relay Center toll free at 1 (800) 649-3777 or 711 to communicate directly with the Department of Personnel/Human Resources during regular working hours.

Appeal of Rejection: Persons denied permission to compete in an examination may make a written appeal to the Wayne County Civil Service Commission for a final decision.  An appeal must be filed within twenty (20) days following the mailing of the rejection stating the basis on which the application should be accepted.

Review of Examination: A request to review an examination must be made in writing within twenty (20) days after the notice of result of the examination is mailed.  An appeal concerning the rating received must be made in writing within twenty (20) days after the review.  An appeal must state the basis on which it is claimed that the rating is improper.

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