Job Description

Job Summary

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is actively recruiting experienced patrol officers to join their full service agency.

Lateral Officers Receive a $25,000 Hiring Sign on Bonus!

Check out the Sheriff's Office Recruitment website here:

Clark County offers challenging opportunities in law enforcement for officers 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. Officers 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.

Patrol positions offer a wide variety of challenging emergency and routine duties including:
* Patrolling assigned areas
* Conducting investigations & interrogating witnesses/suspects
* Responding to radio calls and computer aided dispatch
* 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

In addition to patrol, experienced officers have the opportunity for special assignments in the following areas:
* Traffic
* Narcotics
* Detectives
* K-9
* Gangs
* Marine Patrol
* Child Abuse
* School Resource Officer
* Hostage Negotiation
* Bomb Technician

Additional training is provided for specialty assignments. Promotions within the department are based on competitive civil service examinations. Officers who are placed as laterals may test for promotional opportunities after three years with Clark County Sheriff’s Office or comparable law enforcement officer experience with a government agency similar to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputy Sheriffs in the Sheriff’s Office are governed by State Civil Service laws, which require specific recruitment procedures. This recruitment will be used to create a continuous eligibility list to fill current and future positions within the Sheriff’s Office. Please refer to

These positions are represented by the Deputy Sheriff’s Guild.

Starting salary is conditional on applicant experience.


Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Current certification as a law enforcement officer through a United States, state certified law enforcement academy, recognized by Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

  • Successfully completed a bona fide Field Training program and deployed full-time to patrol squad/unit to perform duties autonomously as a sworn peace officer.

  • Knowledge of/experience with community oriented policing; and knowledge of basic aims and principles of crime prevention

  • Completed a Washington State recognized criminal justice academy, OR upon hire, certification must be obtained through the Washington State Equivalency Academy prior to the completion of the twelve month probationary period, or currently possess certification as a peace officer through Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

  • Have the ability to perform the essential mental and physical demands and functions of the position

  • Have solid writing skills, basic report preparation using computer technology

  • United States' Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of application

  • 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 convictions and/or recent or excessive drug usage history

Ability to:  Understand and apply 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; and speak and write effectively, using good grammar. 

Lateral Officers Receive a $25,000 Hiring Sign on Bonus!

Selection Process

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.

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.

Final Selection Interview:  As positions become available, the top five candidates (who have successfully passed 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 agility assessment, 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.

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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