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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: 02/12/2019

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. There is no state income tax. See further information on the website listed below.

Department Information

Clark County Sheriff's Office is a full service agency with challenging opportunities in law enforcement for deputies of all experience levels. The department is dedicated to a community-oriented policing style. The ideal candidate must have strong skills and abilities in the areas of facilitation, creative problem solving, active listening, motivation, and leadership. The role of Deputy requires the ability to draw upon a broad base of resources and apply those resources to effective problem solving. Deputies are expected to draw out citizens and business owners, enlisting their participation in shaping how law enforcement services are delivered to the community. If you have the skills and abilities required to meet the challenges of community policing, you are encouraged to apply. Entry level deputies are generally appointed to patrol deputy positions. 

These positions offer a wide variety of challenging emergency and routine duties including:
• Patrolling assigned areas
• Conducting investigations & interrogating witnesses/suspects
• Responding to radio calls
• Serving civil papers and warrants
• Controlling disturbances & subduing and/or restraining individuals
• Communicating ideas/information to group meetings
• Providing resources/solutions to the public on crime prevention techniques and security
• Developing public relation contact with civil groups, schools, businesses, neighborhood organizations and other law enforcement agencies.

Initial assignments will be patrol, but after two (2) to three (3) years of patrol experience, deputies have the opportunity to apply for special assignments in the following areas:
• Traffic
• Narcotics
• Detectives
• K-9
• Marine Patrol
• Child Abuse
• School Resource Deputy
• Hostage Negotiation
• Bomb Technician
• Computer Forensics.

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

  • Population: 459,000
  • County: Clark
  • Number of Staff: 421

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 Yes X  
Ability to Read & Write 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, ingestion, or distribution 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.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticIllegal sale or cultivation of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticAny Felony Convictions. RCW Chapter 9.96.a
AutomaticAny Domestic Violence or Assault I, II, III Convictions.
AutomaticAny Non-violent misdemeanor convictions within the past three (3) years.
AutomaticYou have been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. military. (Civil Service Rules 7.07h)
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.

Clark County retrieves scores from PST on a continuous basis. Oral board interviews will be scheduled every other month in 2019: March, May, July, September and November. Additional dates may be added.

Clark County will interview an applicant once in a 12-month period regardless of updated written scores. Interviews are scheduled on a first come basis, there's no guarantee of an oral board interview.

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 Sheriffs Office uses a 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

$28.02/hour to $ 35.74 /hour OR Approx. $5,267/ month to $6,719/month (Plus Longevity steps at 8 and 10 years)

Benefit Information

For details on benefits: 


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

• Life insurance ($25,000)

• Dry cleaning (3 uniforms per week)

• 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



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

• Sick Leave(4 hrs per month)

• Kelly Hrs (96 hrs max)

• Comp Time (110 hrs max) 

• Paid Military Leave (21 days)

• Paid holidays (6 Days)

• Disability Insurance

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

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

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

• Flexible spending accounts

• Medical and Dental coverage plans

• Deferred  Compensation programs

• Retirement benefits through Washington State LEOFF

• Specialty Assignment Pay (1.5%)