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San Juan County Sheriff's Office

  • Contact Information

    San Juan County Sheriff's Office
    350 Court St.
    Ste. 9
    Friday Harbor , Washington 98250
    Phone: 360-378-4657
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 11/28/2018

Community Information

San Juan County is a beautiful island community located the in the extreme northwest portion of Puget Sound on the Canadian border. It is a popular destination area for boaters from all over the world, and more importantly, is a perfect place to raise a family. The San Juan Islands consist of 174 islands. Most are uninhabited or privately owned. There are four main islands, San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw Islands, all linked to the mainland by the Washington State Ferries out of Anacortes. The majority of San Juan County citizens live on these four islands. The county seat is located in the only incorporated town in the islands, Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island. San Juan Island has the largest population concentration with over 6,000 islanders.

Department Information

The Sheriff of San Juan County maintains his office, the E911 Communications Center and the 72-hour holding facility at the San Juan County Courthouse complex in Friday Harbor. The Under-sheriff, Chief Civil Deputy, two detectives, one courtroom security deputy, eight patrol deputies, two work crew and work release supervisors, eight 911 Communications Operators, and two clerks work out of this office. The remainder of the thirty-three employees is assigned to Districts 2 and 3. Orcas Island, District 2, has the second largest concentration of islanders with a population of over 4,000. There are five patrol deputies, including a sergeant, assigned to this district. Lopez Island, District 3, has three patrol deputies, supervised by the District 2 sergeant. The San Juan County Sheriffs Office provides a competitive compensation package for both entry-level candidates and veteran law enforcement specialists. The working environment and the small size of the agency ensure that employees will encounter a wide variety of training opportunities and experiences in their career with the Sheriffs Office. All deputies are resident deputies and assigned a patrol vehicle that is taken home. Opportunities for deputies include assignments as boat operators, dive rescue team members, traffic accident investigators, firearms instructor, investigations, courtroom security, and promotional line supervision positions. A career with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office will provide the qualified candidate a solid foundation as a law enforcement professional, a safe, progressive community in which to raise a family, and a spectacular physical environment.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 15,900
  • County: San Juan

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
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/30 X  
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic2 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 year(s) (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Drug Usage
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.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute - will be carefully reviewed.
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.
PotentialFailure to pay income tax or child support will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Number of current vacancies: 2

Salary Information

2018  Step A; $5,236.86; Step E: $6,365.44; Longevity step at 25 years $7.161.11/month.

There is a pay incentive for education, foreign language, and physical fitness.

Benefit Information

San Juan County provides a comprehensive cost-shared benefit package with medical, vision, dental, life insurance and long-term disability benefits. Employees are eligible for pension benefits through the Washington State Department of Retirement. Optional programs include a Flexible Benefit Plan (IRS Code Section 125), membership in the North Coast Credit Union, a deferred compensation plan, automatic payroll deposits, U.S. Savings Bonds, San Juan Fitness Club and Orcas Athletic Club membership discounts. Vacation, sick leave, holidays, bereavement, family medical leave, etc. are as provided in the Deputy Sheriff's Guild agreement.