Becoming a Probation Officer

Rock Island County Court Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants must fill out an application and register with the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC).

Probation Officer Qualifications

  • United States citizen
  • Illinois resident, living within 45 miles of this Office
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Valid Illinois Driver's License
  • Liability vehicle insurance coverage
  • Telephone

Base Salary

Approximately $46,119.43 per year.


  • Two weeks after one year continuous employment.
  • Three weeks after five years continuous employment.
  • Four weeks after ten years continuous employment.
  • Five weeks after 20 years continuous service.
  • Allowed to carry over one week of vacation from previous year.
  • Remaining vacation must be used each year by anniversary date or forfeited.

Personal Days

Two per year beginning the date of your first year anniversary. If not used by next anniversary, they will roll over to vacation days.

Bereavement Days

Three days immediately following death within immediate family providing employee attends funeral.

Probationary Period

  • Twelve months following start date.
  • Sick leave and holidays are unpaid during first ninety-day period.
  • After ninety days, the employee shall receive credit for earned sick days but shall not be reimbursed for days taken during the ninety days.

Sick Leave

One day earned for each month of employment to accumulate during employment.


Thirteen and one-half paid per year.

Medical Insurance

  • County Health Benefit Plan is through the United Health Care.
  • Details of plan available upon employment.
  • Available after sixty days
  • Participation is voluntary.


Immediate mandatory participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund at the current rate of 4.5% of gross pay. This has a tax-deferred status as of 07-01-1984.

Compensatory Time

Time and one-half compensatory time is awarded with supervisor approval.


  • Reimbursed at the rate of 63.5 cents per mile (current rate; varies with Federal standard).
  • Meals and lodging reimbursed when required and within the County reimbursement policies.


Forty-hour basic through AOIC during first year. Twenty hours each year thereafter.


  • Professional ethics a must, both on and off the job.
  • Arrest for DUI, criminal charges, or ordinance violations (criminal nature) are grounds for dismissal.
  • Transfers within Court Services may occur during employment.

Applicants Should Possess the Following Skills

  • A willingness to work with clients in the office, home, or school.
  • Interacting with court personnel, law enforcement, social service agencies, educators, and jail personnel.
  • Responding to situations which require immediate action or decision making after normal working hours and/or on weekends (i.e. On-Call).
  • Preparing detailed court reports regarding a defendant's life history.
  • Investigation skills.
  • Assisting clients in making significant life changes.
  • Testifying at court hearings.
  • Staying organized.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to learn computer applications.

How to Apply

Mail or fax your resume to:

Leisa Streeter, Administrative Assistant
Rock Island County Court Services
2116 25th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Phone: 309-558-3703
Fax: 309-558-3738