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Kittitas County Sheriff's Office - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    Kittitas County Sheriff's Office - LATERAL
    205 W. 5th
    Suite 107
    Ellensburg, Washington 98926
    Phone: 509-962-7082
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 01/09/2019

Community Information

Kittitas (pronounced “kit-i-tass) County is located in the direct center of Washington State. Kittitas County spans from the Cascade Mountains, to the upper Yakima River Valley and on to the mighty Columbia River. This area experiences all four seasons and provides ample opportunities to experience the outdoors. Kittitas County is a destination for those who enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, rafting and many other outdoor activities. Kittitas County is also home to the World Famous Ellensburg Rodeo, Jazz in the Valley, Spirit of the West, the Whiskey Dick Triathlon and numerous other community events. Ellensburg is also home to Central Washington University and about 11,000 University students. Kittitas County provides a rural hometown feel yet provides easy access to larger cities just a short trip down the interstate. The City of Ellensburg is the county seat and home to our Sheriff’s Office and Corrections Center.

Department Information

Gene Dana is on his fifth term as the elected Sheriff. He has been in law enforcement for over 36 years. The Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement, corrections, civil division, emergency management, search and rescue and marine patrol. For more information go to: http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/sheriff/default.asp

Area Information

  • Population Size: 42,670
  • County: Kittitas

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 Must have no felony convictions and/or patterns of misdemeanors. 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 Yes X  
Vision Requirements Same as Washington State Patrol Vision Standards; vision corrected by contact lenses or surgery to 20/25 in each eye. If vision is not corrected by contact lenses or surgery, then uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 in each eye, corrected to 20/25.   X
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Successfully completed a course of Basic Law Enforcement Academy from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, or from another local, State or Federal Law Enforcement Training program recognized by the WSCJTC.

Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Prior Experience Requirement Minimum 12 months prior Law Enforcement experience as a Line Deputy, successfully completed a probationary period from a recognized law enforcement entity, and successfully completed a course of Basic Law Enforcement Academy from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, or from another local, State or Federal Law Enforcement Training program recognized by the WSCJTC, and who has not been seperated from full time law enforcement employment for a time greater than 24 months at the time of appointment to the Sheriff's Office. X  
Other Successfully pass a pre-employment polygraph examination.
Successfully pass psychological examination.
Successfully pass a physical fitness/agility test.
Completion of a background investigation.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 2 years.
Automatic3 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
AutomaticNo conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs or reckless driving within last 5 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal heroin use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 3 years. No more than 2 uses total.
AutomaticIllegal use of 2 or more different controlled substances.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor convictions, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
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.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

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 and selection as vacancies occur. Number of Current Vacancies: 0

Salary Information

$4,974 - $5,733 for Line Deputy

Benefit Information

Medical, dental, vision and life insurances; vacation, holiday and sick leave; longevity and holiday pay; state retirement program; employee assistance program.