How to Apply

  1. To find available positions in the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, click here and follow the instructions.
  2. Successful applicants for Deputy positions in Patrol or Corrections (Jail) must successfully complete:
  3. Important Note: Applicants for contract jail medical staff must fill out a different Contract Jail Medical Staff SPH.

Veterans and disabled veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Recruitment Process Summary (Sworn Position)

This is an overview of the hiring process for sworn positions (Patrol or Corrections deputies). For an outline of the hiring process for other, non-sworn positions, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Step 1 Pass/Fail Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this position. We determine these qualifications based on answers to multiple-choice questions on the application.
Step 2 Testing and Preliminary Statement of Personal History
Successful completion of the Frontline written/video test and Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT). Testing for this is available through the National Testing Network (NTN) and is available at the Chemeketa Community College Brooks Regional Training Center as well as other locations in and out of the state. Candidates do not have to wait to be notified to complete the tests. However, only those applicants who pass Step 1 will have their scores accepted to continue in the process.

All applicants must also submit a preliminary Statement of Personal History (pSPH) document.

Step 3 Pass/Fail Evaluation of the Preliminary Statement of Personal History (pSPH)
The pSPH will be screened for automatic disqualifiers and other issues that affect competitiveness (a history of poor decision-making, excessive police contacts, etc.).
Step 4 Oral Board Interview
Candidates passing Steps 1-3 will be invited to an oral board interview . After completion of all the oral board interviews, applicants will be emailed advising them if they'll move forward to the department interview.
Step 5 Department ("In-House") Interview, Statement of Personal History and other Post-Offer Tests
Eligible candidates who successfully pass Steps 1- 4 may be invited to a department ("in- house") interview based on hiring needs.

Those referred to the department interview will be required to complete a thorough Statement of Personal History (SPH) via our online eSOPH system.

If a conditional offer is made, candidates must also pass a post-offer job-related physical, psychological evaluations and drug testing for the use of prohibited drugs.

Background Investigation

At any time during the application process, applicants may have their background packet activated and assigned to a background investigator.

Please Note: When the Sheriff’s Office directs, a background investigator will contact applicants to schedule an initial interview. This will include a meeting with a background investigator, review the SPH and provide instructions on what documents need to be ordered.

Background investigations are comprehensive, therefore they can average six to eight weeks to complete, sometimes more. Delays in processing your background investigation may be caused by not completing all entries, not submitting required documents, or references not responding to an investigator’s inquiries.

If at any time during the hiring process it is determined by the Sheriff’s Office that the candidate does not pass the background investigation, the candidate will be notified and the application will be inactivated.