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Clark County Sheriff's Office

  • Contact Information

    Clark County Sheriff's Office
    Clark County Human Resources
    1300 Franklin St PO Box 5000
    Vancouver, Washington 98666
    Phone: 360-397-2456
    Department Website

Agency Added: 08/17/2015 | Last updated: 02/09/2018

Community Information

Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Clark County offers 656 square miles of excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside and there is no state income tax. Surrounded by the beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains, you can explore the Ape Caves, take a bike ride or go for a short drive to the beach, a wonderful variety of activities is available in this mild northwest climate.

Department Information


Clark County Sheriff’s Office values the ethical characteristics of trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship, and we are looking for applicants who share and uphold these characteristics while carrying out their assigned duties.  The department is dedicated to developing public relations contact with civil groups, schools, businesses, neighborhood organizations to reflect the diversity of the community and values a community-oriented policing style.  Our technology systems are innovative and improved.  The commitment to retain and promote from within are reflected in the long-term quality staff that are entrusted with a unified message of safety and community improvement.

Sheriff Chuck Atkins is the elected official directing a full service law enforcement agency with 413 positons – 143 Sworn Deputies, 158 Corrections positions that maintain two jail facilities, and 112 Support/Administrative services personnel.  Patrol Deputies normally have a “take home car” and are working the patrol schedule of 4 days on, working 11.75 hours daily, and 4 days off in regular rotation. Squads are split into A-side and B-side with days, swing, and grave schedules that usually bid once per year.  This allows for planning time off and maintaining routine schedules for a 12 month period. “Take home cars” save considerable time in exchanging or obtaining vehicles.  The patrol schedule has time allotted for required training and additional options for pay or extra time.  Listed below are some of the specialized assignments that are available:


·         SWAT

·         Major Crimes Unit

·         Marine Patrol

·         K-9

·         Traffic

·         Tactical Detectives Unit

·         Narcotics

·         Internal Affairs

·         Hostage Negotiations

·         Air Patrol


·         School Resource Officer

·         Cyber Crime Unit

·         Children’s Justice Center

·         Search & Rescue

·         Bomb Technician


Further training is provided for specialty assignments as requests and appointments change.  These are rotational positions that have a minimum of 2-4 years with some extensions.  


Clark County Sheriff’s Office sees the role of a Patrol Deputy drawing upon a broad base of resources and applying those resources to effective problem solving. The ideal candidate must have strong skills and abilities in the areas of facilitation, creative problem solving, active listening, motivation, and leadership. Deputies are expected to draw out citizens and business owners, enlisting their participation in shaping how law enforcement services are delivered to the community. Our expectation is that the Patrol Deputy will follow each case through to completion.  This adds to development of investigation skills and creates varied learning experiences.   If you have the skills, characteristics and abilities required to meet the challenges of community policing, we encourage you apply.


Promotions within the department are based on competitive civil service examinations. Eligible candidates would be Deputies who have completed a minimum of three years’ of patrol experience.  Promotional opportunities for Lateral Deputies may be considered based on comparable law enforcement experience.   We currently have 5 Enforcement Commanders and 22 Enforcement Sergeant Positions.

Deputy Sheriffs in the Sheriff’s Office are governed by State Civil Service laws, which require specific recruitment and testing procedures. This recruitment will be used to create a continuous 12 month eligibility list to fill current and future positions within the Sheriff’s Office. 

Clark County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking qualified minorities, women and veterans to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of the community.

Area Information


Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen Yes   X
High School Grad/ GED Yes   X
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Ability to Read & Speak the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification The Sheriff's Office will send newly hired deputies to the academy for the five (5) months of training.    
Prior Experience Requirement Any combination of work experience and education which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the essential mental and physical demands and functions of the position.    
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores Continuous recruitment, scores accessed as needed.    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticOne (1) or more DUI convictions within the last seven (7) years.
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license, Reckless or Negligent driving within the past three (3) years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticAny illegal drug substance (including marijuana) usage or exposure within past twelve (12) months.
AutomaticUse of any illegal drugs in the last three (3) years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticAny Felony Convictions.
AutomaticAny Domestic Violence Convictions.
AutomaticAny Non-violent misdemeanor convictions within the last three (3) years.
PotentialNOTE: If you have committed illegal actions, whether or not you were caught, these actions may be grounds for disqualification. If you have questions regarding this issue, you may contact the Clark County Chief Civil Service Examiner.

Current Hiring Status

This is a continuous recruitment.

Applicants may test as often as they wish.  However, Clark County offers no guarantee of an oral board interview, and will only interview an applicant once in a 12-month period regardless of updated written scores.

Clark County retrieves scores from PST approximately 4 weeks prior to interview dates.  Once an applicant has been successful in the oral board interview and is ranked on the Eligibility List, no new written scores will be accepted until the applicant is no longer on the current Eligibility List.  Candidates must successfully complete a background investigation to be considered eligible for hire.  As vacancies occur, positions are filled by Civil Service "Rule of Three" interviews with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for the final selection process.

NOTE: The Clark County Sheriff's Office uses custom third-party online software for personal history questionnaires.  The PST personal history statement will not be accepted.

Number of Current Vacancies: up to 7 

Salary Information

$27.42/hour OR Approx. $5,209/month (Entry Level) 

Benefit Information

The Deputy Sheriff position is represented and requires membership in the Deputy Sheriff’s Guild.  Monthly dues of $102 provide negotiated benefits including:


·         Take home vehicles

·         Paid Days Off (18 hrs per month to start)

·         Longevity Pay at 8-10- 15 yrs ( 5% per level)

·         Life insurance ($25,000)


·         Sick Leave(4 hrs per month)

·         Flexible spending accounts

·         Dry cleaning (3 uniforms per week)

·         Kelly Hrs (96 hrs max)

·         Medical and Dental coverage plans

·         Uniforms and equipment provided

·         Guild contract was settled which provided 7.2% increase over the next three years

·         Shift Differential and Call Back pay

·         Bereavement leave


·         Comp Time (110 hrs max)  

·         Paid Military Leave (21 days)

·         Deferred  Compensation programs

·         Paid holidays (6 Days)

·         Disability Insurance

·         FTO Premium Pay (5% when assigned as FTO)

·         Plain Clothes Allowance ($400-700 per yr)

·         Retirement benefits through Washington State LEOFF

·         Specialty Assignment Pay (1.5%)

*Benefit Plans are subject to change