Revised: 05-86; 01/12
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 4



Under supervision, a Deputy Sheriff may be assigned to the Patrol, Civil or Records Divisions. Patrol Deputy, to enforce laws and ordinances; to investigate complaints and conduct investigations: Civil Deputy, to serve civil papers; to seize property and conduct sales; Records Supervisor, to maintain and supervise central criminal and related files; and to do other work as required.


The Deputy Sheriff is a sworn peace officer position responsible for law enforcement, community protection and general Investigative work. This classification differs from the lower level Recruit classification which is assigned under close supervision to a law enforcement officer of higher rank for training purposes. The Deputy Sheriff works under the supervision of an enforcement officer of higher grade who assigns and reviews for conformance to laws, policies, rules and regulations. Incumbents to the Deputy Sheriff positions may be assigned as a Patrol Deputy, a Civil Deputy, or as a Records Supervisor. The distinctions between these assignments are identified below under typical tasks.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:


  1. Patrols County roads, highways, business and residential areas; enforces traffic and criminal codes; patrols rivers and lakes in patrol boat enforcing water safety codes; checks property security; investigates road and safety hazards; operates related police equipment including patrol vehicles, electronic equipment and firearms.
  2. Conducts investigations of reported criminal activity; responds to citizen complaints; gathers and processes crime scene evidence and takes latent fingerprints for use in court; interviews and takes statements from victims, witnesses and offenders; investigates traffic accidents; determines circumstances, takes statements, performs first aid, calls ambulances and tow trucks; conducts investigations of reported civil disturbances and other calls for assistance such as family disturbances, public disturbances, animal control and lost persons.
  3. Makes arrests and transports offenders to jail; transports prisoners and patients under custody to institutions and courts; books prisoners.
  4. Prepares reports of investigated disturbances, crimes, accidents, traffic enforcement for departmental, court and state use; maintains accurate records of law enforcement activities performed on duty; appears in court as a witness.


  1. Serves civil papers according to standard legal processes from the courts for the following actions: summonses or complaints, executions and garnishments, notices of small claims, orders, citations or petitions, motions and affidavits, juvenile summons and subpoenas, subpoenas and miscellaneous papers.
  2. Takes personal property into possession; posts notice of sale; conducts sales of personal property by auction.
  3. Records and documents all papers served and keeps a running log of all actions taken both in the office and on the road.
  4. Serves In general law enforcement assignments as required.


  1. Supervises the establishment, maintenance and use of the records of the Sheriff's Department.
  2. Maintains records and prepares reports necessary for investigations, crime prevention, prosecution and office procedures.
  3. Provides detailed information concerning crimes and criminals to department personnel and other law enforcement agencies.
  4. Prepares statistical reports of crimes committed in the County.


Considerable knowledge of: State and County criminal and traffic laws; police methods and procedures; laws governing arrest, search and seizure, criminal justice system, including courtroom testimony; police investigative procedures and techniques.

Knowledge of: Civil laws; first aid.

Skill to: Properly utilize police equipment and techniques including firearms and restraining devices; conduct investigations, collect, evaluate and analyze facts and draw correct conclusions; drive an automobile in various weather conditions and in high speed pursuits; understand and follow oral and written orders; deal with the public both tactfully and firmly; think clearly and perform effectively in stressful or emergency situations; maintain accurate and complete records; establish and maintain effective working relationships; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Tasks are performed in a variety of settings including office, outdoor environments and in a vehicle; depending on assignment and circumstances, the environment can be highly stressful and highly physically demanding.


Must be certifiable as a police officer by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training, and have completed eighteen (18) months law enforcement experience as a uniformed civilian peace officer.

Must be at least 21 years of age.

Must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate of high school equivalency.

Vision cannot be less than 20/200 in one or both eyes, corrected to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the weaker eye.

Must be free from convictions of crime other than minor traffic violations.

Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass an extensive occupational medical exam.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.


All positions classified above the level of Deputy Sheriff are promotional within the Sheriffs Department.