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Job Title:
Deputy Sheriff
Sheriff's Office
Hiring Range:
$28.51 / Hour (Approx. $4,942 / Month)
Closing Date:
On-going recruitment

Whatcom County conducts on-going recruitment for Deputy Sheriff.  The Civil Service Commission maintains a continuous eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill openings as they become available.  Initial testing is done through Public Safety Testing, Inc.

SUMMARY: Patrols; provides emergency aid, security and protection to the public; responds to requests for information and assistance; and responds to crimes in progress.  Investigates crimes and motor vehicle accidents and natural and unnatural deaths.  Transports prisoners.  Testifies in court.  Resolves complaints, controls civil disturbances, and performs crisis intervention.  Serves criminal and civil process documents.  Thoroughly documents activities by report writing.  Works both independently and as part of a team.

For more information please review the Job Description.

BENEFITS: Whatcom County offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their family, plus life insurance and long term disability coverage for employees.  Our benefits package includes attractive paid leave provisions, an average of 12 holidays per year, and sick leave.


Requires high school diploma or GED.  College-level coursework in the area of corrections, law enforcement, law and justice, police science or social services is desired, but not required.


Among other special requirements, a successful candidate, must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be able to read and write the English language;
  • Posses a driver’s license and a driving record that meets County standards for law enforcement employees;
  • Pass written, physical agility and other civil service examinations, a background check, physical examination, psychological examination, and polygraph test;
  • Become a member of the local collective bargaining unit.


Initial written and physical agility testing for entry level candidates is conducted by Public Safety Testing, Inc. Visit their website at for instructions on how to get started.  Test dates are available on a continuous basis; check for test schedule and locations, or call 1-866-447-3911 if you don’t have access to the Internet.


Qualification as a lateral candidate requires:

  • Completion of the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Officer's Academy;
  • Current certification as a peace officer;
  • Two years of employment within Washington State as a full-time,paid peace officer with law enforcement authority, with the successful passing of a probationary period with a previous law enforcement employer;
  • No more than a 24 month break in service since the most recent law enforcement employer.


To request more information and an application packet for Lateral Deputy Sheriff positions, please contact Nickee Hughes, Sheriff’s Office Senior Administrative Assistant, at

Whatcom County is an Equal Opportunity Employer