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.
Civil Service Exam
- The deputy sheriff application process begins with the Civil Service Exam administered by the Personnel Division. Applicants must score a 70% or better to receive an employment application and Personal History Packet. Veteran’s preference is available for applicants providing a DD-214. The exam is offered at the following times, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays:
- 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
- No reservation is required.
- The application and Personal History Packet must be completed in detail and submitted to the Personnel Division. 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.
Physical Ability Test
- All applicants must pass the Physical Ability test. The Physical Ability 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:
- 175 yard course
- Run under two 5 foot obstacles
- Climb a 4’6” fence
- Climb 5 stairs – up and down
- Drag a 150 pound dummy 15 feet
- The course must be completed in 72 seconds or less.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- As part of the conditional offer of employment, applicants must successfully pass a physical exam and drug screening test.
- 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.