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Thurston County Sheriff's Office - JAIL/CORRECTIONS - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    Thurston County Sheriff's Office - JAIL/CORRECTIONS - LATERAL
    2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
    Olympia, Washington 98502
    Phone: 360-786-5500
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/08/2011 | Last updated: 03/04/2019

Community Information

Thurston County is located at the south end of Puget Sound. It was created in January of 1852. Currently consists of 774 square miles of which 47 square miles are water. The county seat is Olympia which is the largest city in the county and also the capital of Washington.

Department Information

To speak with the Sheriff's Office Recruiter, Please contact:

Arthur Eilefson

3491 Ferguson St SW

Tumwater, WA 98512

Phone: 360-280-4081

Email: EilefsA@co.thurston.wa.us


For information on the testing and application process, please contact:

Wayne Jones, Assistant Chief Examiner

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW

Olympia, WA, 98502

Phone: 360-786-5249

Email: civilservice@co.thurston.wa.us

Area Information

  • Population Size: 252,264
  • County: Thurston

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Basic Corrections Academy Certification Yes, must have a current Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Corrections Deputy Certification or equivalent certification from another state-approved academy and have the ability to obtain an equivalency certification within the first twelve (12) months of employment by meeting the standards of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. X  
Prior Experience Requirement Yes, must have at least 12-months continuous work experience and successfully completed any probationary period as a full-time, paid, Corrections Deputy with general corrections experience. X  
Other Have successfully completed the testing process and been hired by another jurisdiction from a civil service commission certified eligibility list or other like process.

From the most recent corrections agency, the applicant must have no more than a 12-month break in service.

Pass a written examination and pass a physical fitness test.

Must meet the Sheriff's Office Standards of Physical Fitness and Employment Standards.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticDUI conviction within the last 5 years.
PotentialMore than one DUI conviction in a lifetime.
PotentialMultiple traffic infractions within the last 5 years (e.g., no liability insurance, no driver's license, or speeding).
PotentialKnowingly driving without a valid driver's license or without car insurance for an extended period.
Drug Usage
AutomaticUse of marijuana in the last 18 months or any other illegal drugs within the past 5 years.
PotentialPattern of illegal use of drugs in the past 10 years.
PotentialExcessive illegal use of drugs prior to the past 10 years.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticIllegal sexual relations with a minor.
PotentialCriminal conduct as an adult.
PotentialAny act of domestic violence.
AutomaticUse of a prostitute within the last 5 years.
PotentialSignificant non-judicial punishment in the military (e.g., Article 15 or Captain's Mast).
PotentialUnsatisfactory work history.
PotentialSignificant history of disciplinary or corrective action, including being late to work and abuse of unscheduled leave.
PotentialUnexplained frequent job turnover.
PotentialMisrepresentation on an employment application.
PotentialNegative personal or professional references.
AutomaticHistory of fiscal irresponsibility.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed
PotentialHistory of behavior demonstrating anger control problems.
PotentialPattern of fighting (physical or verbal).
PotentialPrejudice or bigotry toward a class of people.
PotentialDiscriminatory action, including sexual harassment.
PotentialFalsifying official documents or giving false information.
PotentialUntreated alcohol or substance abuse.
PotentialIntentional deception in the selection process of any law enforcement agency.
PotentialFailure to notify Civil Service or the Sheriff's Office of a change of address.
PotentialFailure to show for any Thurston County Sheriff's Office appointment or being more than 20 minutes late.
PotentialFailure to cooperate with the background investigation process.
AutomaticUnfit for service based on the behavior assessment or manipulation of the behavioral assessment.
AutomaticFailing the polygraph examination.
AutomaticIntentional deception or misrepresentation in any stage of the background investigation.

Current Hiring Status

**The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office currently has two (2) Corrections Deputy vacancies and is actively hiring**

Thurston County Civil Service Commission is recruiting to establish an eligibility list for lateral level Corrections Deputy. Thurston County Sheriff's Office anticipates hiring a number of positions throughout 2018. Eligibility lists of qualified candidates are maintained to fill openings as they become available.

Salary Information

$4,545 - $5,800

Benefit Information

Medical, Vision, sick leave, vacation leave, education incentive