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Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

  • Contact Information

    Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office
    240 W. Alder St.
    Walla Walla, Washington 99362
    Phone: 509-524-5400
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/17/2010 | Last updated: 04/15/2017

Community Information

Walla Walla is a Native American name meaning “many waters” or “small, rapid streams”. One of the first areas between the Rockies and Cascades to be permanently settled, the Washington Territorial Assembly created Walla Walla County on April 25, 1854. Historically, the Walla Walla area has been known for its agricultural based economy; including wheat, barley, corn, potatoes, asparagus, peas, alfalfa hay and seed, concord and wine grapes and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. Located in the southeast portion of the State the valley is currently the home to more than 100 wineries - some of which have earned national and international acclaim for their world class wines. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains, this community of 60,000 is steeped in history and blessed with beauty. http://www.wallawalla.org/.

Department Information

The Vision of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is to be amongst the finest law enforcement agencies in the State of Washington; one which consistently delivers the highest quality public service in an effort to make Walla Walla the safest county in the nation. Our Mission is to safeguard the lives, property, and rights of the people we serve; reduce the incidence and fear of crime; and to enhance public safety while working with our community to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with Honor and Integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain the confidence of the public we serve.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office consists of a three member Command Staff; an Administrative Services Division and an Operations Division. The Operations Division is comprised of the Chief Operations Deputy, a 20 member Patrol Bureau, a 3 member Detective Bureau, a Crime Analyst Technician, and a Registered Offender Coordinator.

Deputy Sheriff is a line level law enforcement peace officer position that includes assignment to either the Patrol Bureau or Detective Bureau of Operations Division and is responsible for the preservation of the public peace, protection of life and property, prevention of crime, investigation of crime, arrest of law violators, and proper enforcement of all laws and ordinances of Walla Walla County, Washington State, and the United States as applicable. Deputy Sheriffs are assigned a take home patrol vehicle.

Walla Walla County is the home to over 60,000 residents, consists of 1,295 square miles and over 1,000 miles of county roads.

 Duty Opportunities:


K-9 Officer

School Resource Officer

DARE Officer

Collision Investigator

Drug Recognition Expert

Mountain Patrols

Marine Boat Patrols

Area Information

  • Population Size: 58,600
  • County: Walla Walla

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 No adult felony convictions at any time. 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 Correctable to 20/20 X  
Other The Successful Candidate shall, among other things:
• Successfully complete the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement or Equivalency Academy during their probationary period or have already successfully completed said Academy.
• Successfully complete a probationary period commencing at date of hire and ending 12 months post academy graduation date or field training program completion.
• Be able to work 12 hour rotating shifts.
• Able to work both voluntary and mandatory overtime.
• Successfully complete all other training as required by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office policy.

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 consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic5 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic2 or more at-fault accidents in past 2 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 2 uses total.
AutomaticIllegal use of 3 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, 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 statute.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic2 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: criminal conviction or drug usage.
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

Eligible Candidates are Encouraged to Apply!

We currently have 0 positions open but work to maintain an ongoing list of eligible applicants for our agency.  We have historically made our choices from a blend of entry level and lateral applicants


Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office welcomes sworn law enforcement officers who wish to apply for lateral transfer to our office.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements  for Lateral Applicants:                              

You must have graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy for law enforcement.  If you have not, you must be able to challenge the process and successfully complete the process for an equivalency certification consistent with the requirements stated in WAC 139.05.210.

 Consistent with the requirements stated in WAC 139.05.210, eligibility for attendance in the Equivalency Academy will be determined by CJTC, based on academy reciprocity.

To apply for a Lateral Position with Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office Please visit  http://www.co.walla-walla.wa.us/departments/she/employment.shtml  and complete the assessment form and application.  Return the completed assessment form, application, waiver, and resume along with a $15 processing fee via check or money order to:

Angela Weston, Chief Examiner
Walla Walla County Civil Service Commission
PO Box 1506
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Once the assessment is scored you will be notified of the date for the oral board interview. If you have any questions please contact Angela Weston at aweston@co.walla-walla.wa.us.

Salary Information

2016 Salary $4,323 - $6,570 per month

Benefit Information

Benefits Include:

Medical, Life, Dental & Vision Covered for Employee, 50% is covered for dependents

LEOFF II Retirement System

Longevity Pay

Education Incentive Pay

Fitness Incentive pay

Take Home Vehicles