is now accepting applications for
the position of

Deputy Sheriff
Lateral Entry

Salary Range: $4,035 to $5,620 per month

Lateral Entry Step to be determined by the Sheriff

Opening: The Yakima County Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications to form a register of eligible candidates for lateral entry DEPUTY SHERIFF position with the Yakima County Sheriff's Department.


Selection Procedure:
Applications and required documentation will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form.

Duties: Under the supervision of a commanding officer, is responsible for the protection of life and property, suppression of crime, enforcement of laws and ordinances, preservation of peace, and traffic direction. Work may require performance of hazardous tasks under emergency and/or arduous conditions, which involve physical and mental stress. Weekends, holidays and rotating shifts are required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must be certified by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission as a qualified law enforcement officer prior to date of hire;

Must have successfully completed probationary period inclusive with two (2) years regular service with a bona fide government law enforcement agency; and

Must meet all other minimum qualifications required of entry level applicants including the following:

Education: Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen and provide proof of citizenship (e.g. birth certificate), have a good command of reading and writing the English language, and be a high school graduate or equivalent.

Physical Condition: Must be in excellent physical condition and able to perform the full range of required duties including making a physical arrest. Must pass comprehensive pre-employment physical examination.

Licenses: Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license upon appointment.

Visual Acuity: The applicant must possess visual acuity of not less than 20/100 in each eye without correction and corrected to 20/20 vision in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye.

Age: Candidates for Yakima County Deputy Sheriff’s must be 21 years of age or older at the time of the examination.

Condition of Employment:
As a condition of employment Yakima County Deputy Sheriff’s must become and remain members of the Yakima County Law Enforcement Officer’s Guild.

Examination: Lateral Entry Hire applicants shall be tested locally pursuant to the Civil Service Rules.

A $20.00 non-refundable examination fee will be required at the time the application is submitted. Cashier’s Check, Money Order or Cash in the exact amount ONLY will be accepted. Cashier’s check and money orders should be made payable to Yakima County Human Resources. No personal checks will be accepted. The application is NOT complete and will not be accepted unless the fee is received. Proof of indigence may be cause to waive the required examination fee.

Qualified candidates will be required to take a written examination. Candidates must qualify with a 75% or above score on the written examination to be eligible to go on to the oral examination. Candidates must qualify with a 75% or above score on the oral examination. Final score is calculated by taking 50% of the written examination and 50% of the oral examination. Those applicants who are eligible for veteran’s preference will receive 5 or 10 percent based on eligibility status. Placement on the Yakima County eligibility register consists of the written score, oral score and any preference points that candidates are qualified to receive.

Veteran’s preference will be granted in accordance with RCW 41.04.

Please refer to the attached sheet for specific information regarding preference points specific to Yakima County. Documentation for preference points must be turned in with the application, along with proof of citizenship, copy of High School Diploma or GED, copy of Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Certificate and signed General Information Sheet. No documentation will be accepted after applications have been submitted.

You will be notified in writing of the date and time to appear for the written examination.


All appointments are subject to physical agility/performance test, a background investigation, polygraph test, psychological examination and physical examination.

For further information and to request application forms, contact:

128 North 2nd Street, Room B27
YAKIMA, WA 98901
(509) 574-2210

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for Employment will be made upon request. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

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