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Deputy Sheriff Hiring Process

Prospective Deputy Sheriff applicants must meet all minimum requirements.

An applicant must complete several steps before a conditional offer of employment is made. The applicant must complete and pass a Civil Service Exam, submit an application, pass a physical ability course, a polygraph, medical exam, psychological exam, thorough background investigation, certification by the Civil Service Board and by the Sheriff’s Hiring Board. Click HERE for the applicant handbook.

Salary and Benefit Information

  • Click HERE to see all of the Salary and Benifit information available as a Deputy Sheriff.

Initial Application Process

  • To begin the application process for a Deputy Sheriff position, navigate to the Johnson County Human Resources website, Click on the “Jobs” tab at the top of the page which will take you to the “Career Information” page, click the link titled “Jobs Open to the Public”. You can scroll or use the job search tabs at the top of the “Jobs Open to the Public” page to find the listing for “Deputy Sheriff” and click the link to start the process. (Note: There will be several steps and pages in the initial application. If you need a step by step tutorial please click HERE.)

    After completing the initial application process the system will generate an e-mail to the e-mail address you provided giving you further instructions. If you do not receive an e-mail, please check your “Spam” folder. You will be receiving multiple e-mails from Johnson County, KS <> over the next couple weeks so it would benefit you to set your e-mail server to accept e-mails from this address.

    You will receive additional e-mails with instructions on how to continue on in the process if you have met all the minimum qualifications.
Civil Service Test
  • Within five business days after completing the initial application process through Johnson County Human Resources, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to the Civil Service Examination. The 30 minute, 50 multiple choice question exam may be taken on-line at any location with internet access. Please use a laptop or personal computer to complete the test and make sure you have 30 minutes of uninterrupted time.

    Applicants scoring a minimum of 70% will receive a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Personal History Packet, via e-mail, after successful completion of the test.

    Veteran's preference is available for applicants providing a DD-214 indicating an honorable discharge.

Employment Application

  • After successfully passing the Civil Service test, the system will generate an e-mail and send you a Personal History Packet.  This packet must be completed in detail and submitted to the Personnel Division by mail or electronically via email ( The Personal History Packet is a comprehensive document covering all aspects of an applicant’s background. Supporting documents will not be required until interview is scheduled. Applications will be reviewed for completeness.
  • Mailing Address: 
Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Personnel Division
27747 W. 159th St.
New Century, KS 66031

Physical Agility Test

  • All applicants must pass the Physical Agility test. The Physical Agility test is utilized to measure the physical abilities necessary to perform the tasks associated with law enforcement personnel in Johnson County. The test consists of:
    • 200 yard course
    • Navigate changes in elevation
    • Run under a 5 foot obstacle
    • Jump or hop over a 18-20" bush obstacle
    • Clear a 4’ fence
    • Travel up and down a flight of stairs
    • Drop to a "prone" position and return to an upright position
    • Drag a 150 pound dummy 16 feet in an "L" pattern
    • The course must be completed in 93 seconds or less.
  • For a detailed overview of the test, click here to view the Physical Agility Test Instructions.

Personal Interview

  • A standardized interview will be conducted to assess the applicant’s personality, character, work habits, motivation, qualifications and various other matters relevant to the position.


  • Applicants will be interviewed by a Sheriff’s Office polygraph examiner. The polygraph examination will explore information provided on the application and information relating to the personal interview.

Background Investigation

  • An in-depth background investigation will be conducted. During this phase, referenced and non-referenced individuals will be contacted regarding your employment history, associations to include family, friends, and neighbors. Your work history, driving record, financial record, as well as any civil or criminal history will also be reviewed.

    Our efforts are designed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the applicant to ensure only those candidates who have demonstrated the highest values are selected. Candidates must exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards.

Civil Service Board

  • The Civil Service Board will evaluate the information collected by the Investigators. The Board has the statutory responsibility to determine whether an applicant shall be certified as eligible for employment as a deputy sheriff.

Sheriff’s Board

  • Applicants placed on the eligibility list by the Civil Service Board will be interviewed by a Sheriff’s Hiring Board, which consists of command staff officers, who will make a recommendation concerning employment as a deputy sheriff. Applicants recommended for employment may receive a conditional offer of employment, pending successful competition of further testing.

Physical/Drug Analysis

  • As part of the conditional offer of employment, applicants must successfully pass a physical exam and drug screening test.

Psychological Interview

  • As part of the conditional offer of employment, a psychologist retained by the Sheriff’s Office will evaluate the results of the psychological tests and will interview each applicant. The psychologist will evaluate each applicant’s interpersonal skills, personal traits and other factors that have a relationship to the successful performance of law enforcement duties.
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Last updated: 5/2/2017 3:23:06 PM