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Whitman County Jail - Entry Level

  • Contact Information

    Whitman County Jail - Entry Level
    400 N Main St
    Colfax, Washington 99111
    Phone: (509) 397-5244
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/01/2017 | Last updated: 08/13/2018

Community Information

Whitman County is a large rural county which boasts nearly 2200 square miles of land in Southeast Washington. It is part of the Palouse region, a rolling prairie-like region that is known for its fertile farm land. The county was formed on November 29, 1871 and is named after Marcus Whitman, a Presbyterian missionary. Whitman County shares a border with seven Washington counties and three Idaho counties. The county seat is located in Colfax. The largest city is Pullman. Whitman County is home to Washington State University (WSU), a Pac-12 university. WSU is the state’s land-grant university and has approximately 17,000 students. Recreational activities in Whitman County include hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, museums, photography, and sporting events. The Snake River and the Palouse River travel through Whitman County. The Snake River’s hydroelectric dams provide recreational opportunities as well as low cost electricity to the area. Whitman County is also home to Rock Lack as well as the lakes formed by the lower Snake River dams. Whitman County has several major summits and peaks including Tekoa Mountain (elevation: 4009'); Kamiak Butte (elevation: 3641'); Steptoe Butte (elevation: 3612'); and Bald Butte (elevation: 3369’). The county has several state and county parks that provide camping, swimming, boating, hiking, and fishing opportunities. In addition to Colfax and Pullman, Whitman County’s other cities, towns, and communities include Palouse, Tekoa, Albion, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, La Crosse, Lamont, Malden, Oakesdale, Rosalia, St. John, Uniontown, Belmont, Diamond, Dusty, Ewan, Hooper, Johnson, Thornton, and Winona.

Department Information

he Whitman County Jail was built in 1984 and can house up to approximately 60 inmates. Our average daily population is approximately 25 inmates. Corrections Officers book and release approximately 1000 people each year. As a small jail each Corrections Officer has the opportunity to experience every aspect of the career. On any given day our Corrections Officers perform hourly welfare checks, operate the control room, books and releases inmates, supervises inmate workers, reviews incoming and outgoing inmate mail, handles emergencies as they arise, and ensures the security of the facility. Due to our size our Corrections Officers get to enjoy a career where each day brings something new. Our staff includes a facility commander, three sergeants, nine line officers, and one part-time officer. We also have opportunities for interns who learn and work alongside Corrections Officers.

Area Information

  • Population: 46,570

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
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
Other Pass the Corrections Officer Academy within one year after hire.
Basic First Aid and CPR.
Candidates do not have to complete the physical ability test with PST.
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
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past One year(s).
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last one year(s).
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past One years.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor or felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.

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 Vacancies: 1 full time, 1 part time

Salary Information

2017 starting salary Full Time: $2928.00 per month
2017 starting salary Part Time: $1,464.00 per month

Benefit Information

Full Time Benefits:
2017 Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance through Teamsters Welfare Trust, employee cost is approximately 37%; annual leave and sick leave accrue at 8 hours per month, 12 paid holidays. Whitman County is a Department of Retirement Systems employer.

Part Time Benefits:
2017 Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance through Washington Counties Insurance Fund. The County contributes $347.50 toward the medical, dental, vision and live insurance premiums. Employee cost depends upon the medical plan selected; annual leave and sick leave accrue at 4 hours per month, 12 paid holidays. Whitman County is a Department of Retirement Systems employer.