Deputy Sheriff, Recruit (Entry-Level) - Sworn

$24.93 - $27.50 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Oct 28, 2020
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, November 30, 2020.


Annual Pay Range:  $51,860 - $57,204

Hourly Page Range:     $24.93 - $27.50

After approximately one year of employment, successful completion of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Academy and the CCSO Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) Deputy Sheriff, Recruit employees are moved to the Deputy Sheriff ($30.35 - 38.84 per hour) classification.


In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

This is a full time County position represented by the Peace Officers Association.

Peace Officers Association (POA) Full Time Benefits

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking highly motivated, self­-directed candidates with strong communication and interpersonal skills for Deputy Sheriff, Recruit.

Testing is required PRIOR to the close date of this recruitment, please read the OTHER INFORMATION section carefully for detailed requirements and information.


This is a SWORN position that requires a complete Statement of Personal History (SPH).  

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will receive instructions from the Department of Human Resources or the Sheriff’s Office on when to complete the SPH.

Applicants MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE as of the close date of this recruitment. Your application will be disqualified if you are not at least 21 years of age at the time the recruitment closes.

Visa Sponsorship:  Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States. 

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not receive any type of notification regarding their application until after the recruitment closing date.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Must be 21 years of age as of the close date of the recruitment.
  • Must be a United States citizen or be one within eighteen (18) months of hire.
  • Must possess a high school diploma, GED certificate of high school equivalency, or a bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
  • Must be free from criminal convictions other than minor traffic violations.
  • Must be willing to be fingerprinted and have fingerprints filed with the State.
  • Must be legally able to possess a firearm.
  • Visual and Hearing Acuity:  Must meet the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training requirements as detailed in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 259­-008­0000.
  • Must be able to be certified as a Civilian Police Officer/Deputy by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
  • Must meet the Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer as provided for in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 259­008­0010.
  • Must meet the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tattoo policy. See our FAQ's for details
  • Must successfully pass the Frontline exam through National Testing Network.
  • Ability to understand and follow directions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation, including national fingerprint records check.
  • Must pass an extensive post offer pre­ employment occupational medical exam and psychological evaluation.
  • 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.  Learn more about the County's driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Knowledge of civil law and first aid.
  • Knowledge of police practices and techniques of investigations.

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference:  If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Assists and trains in the procedures and conduct of investigation and interrogations, gathering evidence and taking statements of offenders.
  2. Assists and trains in patrolling roads, highways and business areas in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws; assists and trains in patrolling rivers and lakes in patrol boat enforcing water safety laws and regulations.
  3. Learns procedures for maintaining records and preparing reports necessary for efficient investigations, crime prevention, prosecution and office procedures.
  4. Learns to operate radar in the enforcement of speed laws.
  5. Assists and trains in procedures and techniques for making arrests, booking prisoners, transporting prisoners and patients under custody to institutions, courts and on extraditions.
  6. Learns to serve subpoenas and warrants of arrest.
  7. Receives instruction and assists in informing the public and answering inquiries regarding laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  8. Learns procedures and appears in court as a witness.



Applicants must meet the Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer as provided for in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 259-008-0010.

Must be able to be certified as a police officer by the Department of Public Safety and Standards Training (DPSST).

Visual Acuity: Monocular vision must be at least 20/30 (Snellen) corrected in each eye and not worse than 20/100 (Snellen) uncorrected in either eye. Binocular vision must be at least 20/20 (Snellen) corrected. Officers/Applicants whose uncorrected vision is worse than 20/100 must wear soft contact lenses to meet the corrected vision requirement.

Color Vision: Officers/Applicants must be able to distinguish red, green, blue, and yellow, as determined by the HRR Test, 4th Edition. Red or green deficiencies may be acceptable, providing the applicant can read at least nine of the first 13 plates of the Ishihara Test. Officers/Applicants who fail to meet the color vision standard may meet this standard by demonstrating they can correctly discriminate colors via a field test conducted by the employer as approved by the examining physician/surgeon. Depth Perception: Random Stereo Test equal to 60 seconds of arc or better. Peripheral Vision: Visual Field Performance must be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian combined.

Hearing Acuity:  Officer/Applicants must have no average hearing loss greater than 25 (db) at the 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000-Hertz levels in either ear with no single loss in excess of 40 db. Amplification devices may be used to meet the above hearing requirement.

Must possess a high school diploma, GED certificate of high school equivalency, or a bachelor degree from an accredited institution; must have an acceptable driving record and the ability to obtain a valid driver's license; must be free from felony convictions and must successfully pass an extensive background investigation; must pass an extensive occupational medical exam.

Ability To: Learn and comprehend pertinent federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; learn how to properly utilize police equipment and techniques; understand and follow instructions and directions; deal with the public in a firm but courteous manner; capacity to absorb training in knowledge of police practices and techniques of investigation; good physical condition.

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.


Patrol Division: Four (4) day work week, ten (10) hour a day basis (POA contract language cites exceptions to this schedule.) Shift schedules are determined by seniority and the Peace Officer's Association Collective Bargaining Agreement.


The vision of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) is to become a world-class Sheriff's Office. The CCSO mission is to preserve life, uphold the law, prevent crime, hold offenders accountable, and promote safety while finding innovative solutions and building partnerships with the community. CCSO will fulfill the mission of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office through teamwork and partnerships, as reflected in the motto: "Working Together to Make a Difference." In order to fulfill the vision and complete the mission CCSO adheres to these core values:

HONESTY- We will be truthful in all we do and say, acting with character and principle and serving the community in an open, transparent and professional manner.

COURAGE- We will serve the community with compassion and commitment, lending our strength to those who are most vulnerable and unable to protect themselves.

JUSTICE- We will always be fair and impartial, enforcing the law without bias or favoritism. We will treat each person we meet with courtesy and honor their rights, beliefs and diversity.

The CCSO serves over 400,000 residents of the County with 385 employees. As the County's largest law enforcement agency the Sheriff's Office patrols the unincorporated areas of the county as well as several cities that have contracted with CCSO to provide law enforcement for them. The CCSO has many specialized units such as canine, motorcycle patrol, the dive team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), search and rescue, narcotics investigation (SIU), detectives and Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Sheriff's Office is also required by law to provide correctional facilities for the county and to offer support services to other agencies in the County, such as: the jail, special units and occasionally personnel resources.

The CCSO is committed to enhancing a diverse workforce through principles of active recruitment in the community, equal employment opportunity and positive human resource management. The Administration and staff of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office adopts a philosophy and practice that we recognize the full potential of all employees, treating all persons with respect, fairness and impartiality.

Learn more about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.


Request Veterans' Preference

Learn more about the County's Veterans' Preference


Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.





Applicants must take the Frontline written/video exam and transfer their scores to Clackamas County by the close date of the recruitment (November 30, 2020).  Testing is available through the National Testing Network (NTN) and can be completed online at home as well as several locations in and out of the state.  Click here to schedule Frontline testing (or transfer a score).  The passing score for Frontline is 65 for each section, including video, writing and reading sections.

STEP 1:  Pass/Fail Minimum Qualifications and Frontline Testing

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications and pass the Frontline written/video testing (passing score is 65 in every section) and transfer their test scores to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office by the close of the recruitment (November 30, 2020).  

STEP 2: ORPAT Testing and Preliminary Statement of Personal History 

Due to COVID restrictions, ORPAT testing is not required at this time. If circumstances change during the recruitment process we may require it.  You will be notified with any updates and details will be provided.  DO NOT send in ORPAT scores unless asked to do so.

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and pass Frontline testing MUST submit a preliminary Statement of Personal History (pre-SPH). The pre-SPH deadline is December 17, 2020.

You will be contacted by the Department of Human Resources after Step 1 and given the instructions on what to complete for the preliminary SPH document.  Letters of reference, legal documents, etc. are not needed at this step of the process.

STEP 3: Pass/fail evaluation of the Statement of Personal History packet.

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. This may occur prior to, during, or after any of the testing phases and/or placement on the eligibility register.

STEP 4: Oral Board Interview

Candidates passing Steps 1-3 will be e-mailed an invitation to schedule an Oral Board Interview. We anticipate the oral board interviews will be conducted January 18, 2021 - January 21, 2021. (If additional dates are needed, they may be scheduled out to January 28, 2021). At this time all interviews will be held virtually via Zoom.  After completion of all the oral board interviews, applicants will be emailed advising them of their status, including placement on the eligibility register. Candidates who pass all phases of the testing process will remain on the eligibility register for six (6) months.

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.  The deadline to complete the eSOPH is February 4, 2021 or February 10, 2021 if additional oral board dates are needed.

Department interviews will take place any time after the date of February 10, 2021.

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

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. The INITIAL INTERVIEW will include a meeting with a background investigator to have your photo taken, review the SPH and provide instructions on what documents need to be ordered.

Background investigations may run concurrently with other testing processes. Background investigations are comprehensive, therefore they can average six (6) to eight (8) weeks to complete. 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. This may occur prior to, during, or after any of the testing phases and/or placement on the eligibility register.