Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements (Deputy positions):

Applicants for deputy positions must meet the "Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer" as provided for in OAR 259-008-0010.

These standards include:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • At least 21 years old at time of hire
  • High-school diploma or GED certificate of high-school equivalency
  • Acceptable driving record
  • Ability to obtain valid driver's license
  • No criminal convictions (other than minor traffic violations)
  • Visual acuity, sufficient hearing
  • Drug-use assessment

Veterans and disabled veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

You CANNOT be a Deputy Sheriff in Clackamas County if:

  1. You cannot obtain valid driving privileges in Oregon.
  2. You will not be a U.S. citizen within 18 months of being hired.
  3. You have been convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (D.U.I.I.) within the past 5 years (a diversion or similar action is considered the same as a conviction). You have been convicted of Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude, Hit and Run (Failure to perform the duties of a driver…), or Driving while Suspended / Revoked within the last 5 years.
  4. You have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Assault.
  5. You have been convicted of a felony.
  6. You have been convicted of any crime involving controlled substances.
  7. You have a Dishonorable Discharge from the armed services.
  8. You do not have a High School Diploma or GED.
  9. The State of Oregon will not provide the required certification if you have been convicted of any of the crimes listed in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), Section 259-008-0070 Denial/Revocation.

You are NOT LIKELY to be hired as a Clackamas County Deputy Sheriff if:

  1. Your traffic record, police contacts and/or accident reports show a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.
  2. Your personal life shows a history of poor judgment.
  3. You have a history of involvement in criminal activity.
  4. Your work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline and/or discharge.

* This list is not all-inclusive. It is intended as a general guideline.

There are many opportunities at the Sheriff’s Office in addition to patrol and jail deputies. Please consider a non-sworn position with the Sheriff’s Office if deputy is not the right job for you. (You will still have to pass a background investigation.)