Job Description

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has opportunities for Corrections Deputy candidates to fill lateral level positions.

If you’re interested in a criminal justice career with competitive salary and benefits and the opportunity to fill a vital public service position, apply now!

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.

Corrections deputies provide intake and release services for inmates, maintain order, and provide security at the Clark County Main Jail and Jail Work Center. Corrections deputies are responsible for the around-the-clock operation of the jail and must be available to work all shifts - day, swing and grave - as assigned, including weekends and holidays.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office values the ethical characteristics of trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship, and we are looking for applicants who share and uphold these characteristics while carrying out their assigned duties. The commitment to retain and promote from within are reflected in the long-term quality staff that are entrusted with a unified message of safety and community improvement.

Corrections deputies are a critical component of law enforcement by providing care and security for the inmates of the Clark County jail facilities. The Corrections department is dedicated to protecting the community from the inside.

Corrections Deputies are represented by the Clark County Corrections Deputy Guild.

Corrections Deputies in the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are governed by State Civil Service laws, which require specific recruitment and testing procedures.

Qualifications- Lateral Officers Receive a $25,000 Hiring Incentive!

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or a GED certification.

  • At least twenty-one (21) years of age.

  • United States' Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident required.

  • Valid driver's license at time of appointment.

  • Two to three years of corrections experience in a comparable county, municipal or state agency in the United States.

  • Current certification through a state corrections academy (comparable to Washington State Academy).

  • Have the ability to successfully complete the Washington State Training Commission’s Equivalency Academy within the first 12 months of employment and prior to completion of probation.

  • Bi-Lingual language skills preferred.

  • Ability to read and write the English language (required by RCW 41.14.00)

  • Have no prior felony convictions and/or recent or excessive drug usage history.

  • Solid writing skills and basic report preparation.

  • Communication skills, mediation and problem solving.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.

  • Ability to use a computer with knowledge of various software applications.

  • Ability to successfully complete Clark County Sheriff's Department background investigation.

  • No Physical Ability Test is required for eligible lateral candidates.

Knowledge of:  Principles, techniques and procedure associated with incarceration and dealing effectively with incarcerated individuals; federal, state and local laws relative to the inmate housing and treatment; department policies, directives and procedures and basic self-defense tactics.

Ability to:  Learn, interpret and apply department policies and procedures; interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations; communicate clearly and effectively with inmates, coworkers, supervisory personnel and the public; prepare effective written materials and reports; handle multiple tasks and deadlines; exercise appropriate judgment and decision making; act quickly and effectively in emergencies and exert physical restraint of disorderly inmates.

Selection Process Details This is a continuous recruitment.


Public Safety Testing Law Enforcement Written Exam:  (Written-Weighted 100%) (Written Exam scores of 70 or above are accepted) Public Safety Testing (PST) is providing options for ON-SITE OR REMOTE TESTING -  Check their website for testing schedules and rates or   1.866.HIRE-911 (1.866.447.3911)

Physical Ability Test (Lateral candidates are exempt from the PAT requirement)

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.

Eligibility List - Successful candidates’ TEST 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 may 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.

NOTE: The Clark County Sheriffs Office uses custom third-party online software for personal history questionnaires. The PST Personal History Statement will not be accepted.

Final Selection Interview:  As positions become available, the top five candidates (who have successfully completed the background investigation) are contacted to participate in a final interview process conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

Post Offer Process:  The post offer process includes successful completion prior to actual employment of a physical ability assessment, polygraph, psychological evaluation and full medical examination 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.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Search, fingerprint and photograph incoming inmates during booking procedures
  • Supervise inmates for work details and direct work of trusties
  • Monitor food service and control inmate movement
  • Prepare and transport inmates to court and other appointments
  • Release inmates by established procedures for bail, court order or other authority
  • Supervise visitation privileges and recreation periods
  • Monitor security systems within the jail to maintain internal jail security
  • Monitor inmate mental and physical health and advise the Sergeant in charge when attention is needed
  • Observe and direct inmate activity through visual and electronic means
  • Respond to emergencies, such as fire, riot, hostage problems within the jail as set forth by policy and procedure
  • Respond with proper defensive tactics to maintain the physical safety of inmates, and other facility personnel
  • Answer and direct telephone calls
  • Monitor all jail access
  • Perform related duties as assigned


Leslie Harrington Smith

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.

Application Instructions

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