Job Description

Job Summary

Clark County Sheriff's Office is a full service agency with challenging opportunities in law enforcement for deputies of all experience levels. The department is dedicated to a community-oriented policing style. The ideal candidate must have strong skills and abilities in the areas of facilitation, creative problem solving, active listening, motivation, and leadership. The role of Deputy requires the ability to draw upon a broad base of resources and apply those resources to effective problem solving. Deputies are expected to draw out citizens and business owners, enlisting their participation in shaping how law enforcement services are delivered to the community. If you have the skills and abilities required to meet the challenges of community policing, you are encouraged to apply. Entry level deputies are generally appointed to patrol deputy positions.

Check out the Sheriff's Office Recruitment website here:

The Sheriff’s Office welcomes women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ communities to enhance its work force and to better reflect the diversity of the community.

These positions offer a wide variety of challenging emergency and routine duties including:
* Patrolling assigned areas
* Conducting investigations & interrogating witnesses/suspects
* Responding to radio calls
* Serving civil papers and warrants
* Controlling disturbances & subduing and/or restraining individuals
* Communicating ideas/information to group meetings
* Providing resources/solutions to the public on crime prevention techniques and security
* Developing public relation contact with civil groups, schools, businesses, neighborhood organizations and other law enforcement agencies.

Initial assignments will be patrol, but after two (2) to three (3) years of patrol experience, deputies have the opportunity to apply for special assignments in the following areas:
* Traffic
* Narcotics
* Detectives
* K-9
* Marine Patrol
* Child Abuse
* School Resource Deputy
* Hostage Negotiation
* Bomb Technician
* Computer Forensics

All members who have completed one year (12 months) of continuous special assignment (in an approved specialty unit) are eligible for special assignment pay of 5%.

Each pay period, the County provides an additional $5.00 to be used for the employee to obtain legal defense fund insurance.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking qualified minorities, women and veterans to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of the community.

Deputy Sheriffs are represented by the Clark County Deputy Sheriffs’ Guild.


  • High school diploma or a GED certification
  • United States' Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of appointment
  • Ability to read and write the English language (required by RCW 41.14.00)
  • Valid driver's license at time of appointment
  • Have no prior felony or domestic violence convictions and/or recent or excessive drug usage history
  • Have the ability to perform the essential mental, verbal, visual and physical demands and functions of the position

Knowledge of:  Geographic area of employment, including major roads and traffic routes; basic aims and principles of crime prevention, law enforcement, and rehabilitation.

Ability to:  Learn and understand laws of arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence; respond quickly and exercise sound judgment under conditions of danger, confusion, and personal affront; physically restrain persons using proper and safe methods; use physical force to effect an arrest of resisting subjects; handle firearms safely and fire them accurately; maintain cooperative and responsible attitude toward co-workers and general public; use of various forms of technology to include computers; and speak and write effectively, using good grammar.

Any combination of work experience and education which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the class.

Employees are eligible for an education incentive, as follows:

* All members holding an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university shall be eligible to receive education incentive pay totaling two percent (2.0%).  

* All members holding a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university shall be eligible to receive education incentive pay totaling four percent (4%).

* All members holding a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university shall be eligible to receive education incentive pay totaling six percent (6%). 

(Proof of degree received is required)

Selection Process

This is a continuous recruitment. Clark County retrieves scores from Public Safety Testing on a continuous basis.  


Clark County downloads scores and invites candidates to fill out an required Application.

Application Review - Incomplete applications will not pass the review; attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application.  Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their applications and those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Written Exam and Physical Ability Test (Weighted 30%) - Follow this link to Apply and Test with Public Safety Testing: http://www.publicsafetytesting.com1.866.HIRE-911 (1.866.447.3911)Minimum passing score is 70% on the written, and a PASS is required on the Physical Ability Test. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process. 

Oral Interview (Weighted 70%) - Questions will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Minimum passing score of 70% is required.  The oral board will consist of a three-member interview panel who will ask the same position-related, pre-established written questions of all candidates.  Panelist evaluations are averaged to determine candidate interview scores.  You must have taken the Public Safety Test and applied with Clark County BEFORE you can participate in the interviews.

Eligibility List - Candidate written exam scores will be ranked in order of high/low.  The Civil Service Commission will review and certify candidates on the eligibility list to be in effect for 12 months from the date of list certification. 

Background Investigation - Involves a comprehensive investigation based on information provided by candidates’ personal history statements.  The investigation will include: a neighborhood check, reference checks, personal interview, work history check, criminal, driving, and financial history checks (from high school forward).  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducts background investigations on candidates for positions in the Sheriff’s Office who have satisfactorily completed the Civil Service examination process.  The background investigation is a valued component in the overall picture of a candidate.  Issues of integrity and ethics are taken very seriously due to our commitment to the community.  The investigation will include: a neighborhood check, reference checks, personal interview, work history check, criminal, driving, and financial history checks.

Selection Interview:  Periodically, the top five or more candidates from the eligibility list will be contacted to participate in a selection interview conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. (NOTE: All offers of employment are contingent on successfully passing a psychological evaluation, a medical testing, a drug test, and a polygraph exam).

Post Offer Process:  The post offer process includes successful completion prior to actual employment of another physical ability test, polygraph, psychological evaluation and full medical including drug screening.

Veteran’s Preference*

Washington State law RCW 41.04.010 provides for Veterans' Scoring Criteria status in the examination of applicants for employment provided certain requirements are met.  Clark County awards Veterans' Scoring Criteria, in accordance with state law, to veterans honorably released from active military service who meet all statutory requirements.  If you are claiming Veterans' Scoring Criteria, you must attach your DD Form 214 Copy 4 to your completed application packet.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work is performed in a variety of settings, including a patrol vehicle and both indoor and outdoor commercial and residential settings.  The majority of time is spent in a vehicle patrolling the Clark County area.  Often work settings require exposure to varying and extreme weather conditions.  When responding to emergencies risks of physical hazard will exist from various sources including violent people, a variety of weapons, noise, chemicals, bodily secretions, sharp objects, traffic, drugs and drug paraphernalia and crime scenes in general.  Incumbents are expected to manage face-to-face interactions and confrontations with angry, hostile, depressed and/or otherwise emotionally distraught members of the public.  As a result of such threat, the work requires quick, independent action and alertness in emergency and possibly life threatening situations.

Essential tasks of this positions include:  operating motor vehicles; using digital police radios or other technology while patrolling; responding to emergency and routine calls; conducting investigations and/or interrogations; sustaining pursuits on a variety of terrain [on foot (running) and by vehicle (driving)], subduing, restraining and apprehending individuals suspected of criminal activity; making forcible arrests; carrying/dragging unconscious individuals; audiometric standards of no less of more than 25 decibels at the 500, 1000, 2000 or 3000 (HZ) levels in either ear, eye sight uncorrected not worse than 20/100, correctable to not worse than 20/30 OR correctable with soft contacts to 20/20-20/40; strong eye-hand coordination; handling firearms safely and firing them with consistency and accuracy; effective use of assigned law enforcement equipment which may include flashlights, asp, tazer, handcuffs, OC spray, etc.; confiscating and documenting property and evidence; using computer technology to write police reports and document ongoing investigations; climbing stairs, walls and along ledges, hillsides or embankments; moving heavy objects via pushing, pulling, etc.; crawling through small spaces; kneeling or crouching in small, confined areas and sitting for extended periods of time during surveillance; lifting materials, equipment and persons exceeding 100 lbs.; and disruption of sleep patterns as a result of rotation and/or irregular shift work. 

    Examples of Duties

    • Respond to radio and or dispatched calls and computer aided dispatch for emergency assistance and law enforcement needs that result from crimes of violence, unruly crowds, auto accidents, child neglect, thefts and frauds, vandalism, and a variety of other misdemeanors and felonies.  Takes necessary steps to restore the peace, and renders first aid and other emergency assistance; conducts investigations.
    • Interview witnesses, victim and suspects to crimes or auto accidents; arrests suspects; composes and submits written reports.
    • Serves warrants, makes arrests, and transports prisoners.  Administers tests for intoxication and drug usage.  Testifies in court as arresting officer.  Serves civil processes and confiscates property by court order.
    • Patrols assigned area in patrol vehicle; cites traffic violators.  Makes security checks of businesses and industrial districts.  Maintain surveillance of public gathering places.  Investigates and renders assistance at auto accidents.
    • Subdues or restrains persons committing or believed to be about to commit acts of violence according to the urgency of the need in the judgment of the senior officer present.
    • Performs other work as required.

    Salary Grade

    Deputy Sheriff.103

    Salary Range

    $38.87 - $55.58- per hour

    Close Date

    Open Until Filled


    Leslie Harrington Smith


    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Clark County is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, access, and delivery of all county services. Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at

    Employee Benefits and additional compensation

    Clark County provides regular full-time and part-time employees with a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, vision and dental insurance, paid leave, flexible spending accounts, life insurance and long-term disability, retirement, and deferred compensation.  Some types of employees in some positions and bargaining units might have different benefits and additional compensation.  More specific benefit information for the different bargaining units can be found at Also please refer to the specific bargaining unit contract for additional compensation at

    Retirement Information

    All Clark County employees must participate in a WASHINGTON STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM PLAN (PERS, PSERS or LEOFF).Employee contributions begin the first day of work. Current contribution rates vary by plan but could range from 5% to 15% of gross pay, depending on the plan choice. 

    For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site here:

    If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (564) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.

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