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Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

  • Contact Information

    Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff
    1822 S.1st Street
    Yakima, Washington 98903
    Phone: 509-574-2603
    Department Website

Agency Added: 12/03/2015 | Last updated: 09/05/2018

Community Information

Yakima County covers 4,296 square miles and is the second largest land area and 7th largest populated area in Washington State. The population is 247,004 (2013), with the largest city and County Seat being the City of Yakima.

There are over 14 cities and towns located throughout the County. The Yakima River flows through the middle of the County which is bordered by mountains and the Columbia River.

Yakima County business continues to grow yearly. Agriculture ranks as the largest industry in the County with a high production of apples, mint, pears and hops. Additional agricultural products include peaches, apricots, cherries, beef/dairy, wheat and award winning wines. Yakima County offers many post education opportunities. Yakima Valley Community College, Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University, Pacific Northwest Medical University and many extension programs top the list of extending education opportunities.

Yakima County offers a wide variety of recreational activities. With the local weather offering four seasons, there are always plenty of activities available. There are numerous hiking and biking paths throughout the mountains and cities. Fishing, camping, boating, backpacking and skiing are just a few favorites of the citizens and visitors. For additional information about the area visit Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce at www.yakima.org.

Department Information

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has been serving the people of Yakima County since 1863. Our main office is located in the City of Yakima, with Precinct Offices in Terrace Heights and Zillah.

The mission of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is to enhance Public Safety with integrity and professionalism.  Our VISION is a safe and enjoyable Yakima County. Our primary VALUES to achieve our Mission and Vision are: INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM and PARTNERSHIPS. Some additional key values are ACCOUNTABILITY to the public and to each other, APPROACHABILITY to the public that we serve and a commitment to work with a positive ATTITUDE.

We are a full service agency with a variety of duties and assignments. YSO currently has 61 Commissioned Deputies, 2 Animal Control Officers, 15 Reserve Deputies, 6 Department of Security Officers, 12 Dispatchers and 12 Non-Commissioned Personnel. Our patrol division works 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off. Detectives work an 8 or 10 hour shift. Some of our assignments include Patrol, Detectives, Boating, SWAT, Traffic Unit, K-9, Instructors-(EVOC, Firearms, Less-Lethal, FTO, Taser, Defensive Tactics, Active Shooter), Search and Rescue, Pass Deputy, Civil Service Deputy, Reserve Deputy Coordinator, Narcotics and Violent Offender Task Force and Special Operations.

Area Information

  • County: Yakima County
  • Population: 247,004
  • # of staff: 85.75

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 on a case by case basis X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Must have a good command of reading and writing the English language. X  
Vision Requirements Must have not less than 20/100 in each eye without correction and corrected 20/20 vision in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. X  
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must satisfactorily complete within 12 months after hire.    
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 On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
PotentialApplicants traffic history, including misdemeanors, suspensions, DUI’s, etc. will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
AutomaticAll felony traffic convictions (vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, etc. Will be an automatic disqualifier.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 4

Salary Information

Beginning April 1, 2017 salary is $4,455 Step 1 monthly to $6,206 at Step 6 monthly.  We do have premium pay for FTO, Instructor, Bi-lingual, DRE, Education (AA/BA) and Longevity.

Benefit Information

Uniform and cleaning provided/ boot allowance
Assigned take home vehicle
PEBB Insurance for medical, dental and vision coverage for employee and family.
100 holiday hours/ 5 premium paid holidays.
Vacation accrual based on longevity.
8 hours of sick leave accrual per month.
We also offer the LEOFF II retirement program and deferred compensation.