Law Enforcement Officer Position

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff



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Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

Last updated on February 27, 2024
PST Partner Agency since March 26, 2014

Vacancies: 20

Important Information

Clark County accepts scores from PST on a continuous basis.

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Community Information

Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Clark County offers 656 square miles of excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside. There is no state income tax. See further information on the website listed below.

Department Information

Clark County Sheriff's Office is a full service agency with challenging opportunities in law enforcement for deputies of all experience levels. The department is dedicated to a community-oriented policing style. The ideal candidate must have strong skills and abilities in the areas of facilitation, creative problem solving, active listening, motivation, and leadership. The role of Deputy requires the ability to draw upon a broad base of resources and apply those resources to effective problem solving. Deputies are expected to draw out citizens and business owners, enlisting their participation in shaping how law enforcement services are delivered to the community. If you have the skills and abilities required to meet the challenges of community policing, you are encouraged to apply. Entry level deputies are generally appointed to patrol deputy positions.

These positions offer a wide variety of challenging emergency and routine duties including:

• Patrolling assigned areas

• Conducting investigations & interrogating witnesses/suspects

• Responding to radio calls

• Serving civil papers and warrants

• Controlling disturbances & subduing and/or restraining individuals

• Communicating ideas/information to group meetings

• Providing resources/solutions to the public on crime prevention techniques and security

• Developing public relation contact with civil groups, schools, businesses, neighborhood organizations and other law enforcement agencies.

Initial assignment will be to patrol, but after completing the probationary period, deputies will have the opportunity to apply for special assignments in the following areas:


•Traffic Homicide Unit

•Drug Task Force Unit

•Tactical Detective Unit

•Major Crimes Unit

•Fraud Investigations

•Domestic Violence Unit

•Air Support Unit

•Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

•K-9 Unit

•Marine Patrol

•Specialized Civil Unit

•Child Abuse Investigations Unit

•School Resource Deputy

•Crisis Negotiator

•Bomb Technician

•Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS)

•Sex Offender Monitoring Unit

•Mobile Response Team

•Drug Recognition Expert

•Campus Unit

•Peer Support Team

Clark County Washington is a growing and diverse community. The Sheriff's Office values our community’s diversity and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. Applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are highly encouraged.

Employees are eligible for an education incentive, as follows:

• All members holding an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university shall be eligible to receive education incentive pay totaling two percent (2.0%).

• All members holding a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university shall be eligible to receive education incentive pay totaling four percent (4%).

• All members holding a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university shall be eligible to receive education incentive pay totaling six percent (6%).

(Proof of degree received is required)

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 459,000
# of Staff: 207

Hiring Status

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff has 20 vacancies.

This is a continuous recruitment.

Clark County accepts scores on a continuous basis.

As vacancies occur, candidates are invited to a Civil Service "Rule of Five" interview with the top five candidates per position that are forwarded to the appointing authority for the selection process. Candidates must successfully complete a background investigation and the post offer process to pass the conditional offer.

NOTE: The Clark County Sheriff's Office uses a custom third-party online software for their background profiles. The PST personal history statement will not be accepted.

Number of Current Vacancies: 20

Salary Information

$38.87 - $55.58 per hour (approx. $7074/month - $10,115/month) (Including Longevity steps at 8, 10, 15 and 20 years)

Benefit Information

For details on BENEFITS, check out this 2023 Benefits Summary for the Deputy Sheriff's Guild.

The Deputy Sheriff position is represented by the Deputy Sheriff’s Guild. Monthly dues of $102 provide negotiated benefits including:

• Paid Days Off (18 hrs per

month to start)

Take home vehicles

• Life insurance ($25,000)

• Dry cleaning (3 uniforms per week)

• Uniforms and equipment provided

• Shift Differential and
Call Back pay

• Bereavement leave

• Sick Leave(4 hrs per month)

• Kelly Hrs (96 hrs max)

• Comp Time (110 hrs max) 

• Paid Military Leave (21 days)

• Paid holidays (6 Days)

• Disability Insurance

• FTO Premium Pay (5%
when assigned as FTO)

• Plain Clothes Allowance
($400-700 per yr)

• Longevity Pay at 8-10- 15 yrs ( 5% per level)

• Flexible spending accounts

• Medical and Dental coverage plans

• Deferred Compensation programs

• Retirement benefits through Washington State LEOFF

• Specialty Assignment Pay (1.5%)

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 180 days (~6 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at time of application.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification The Sheriff's Office will send newly hired deputies to the academy for the five (5) months of training.
Prior Experience Requirement Any combination of work experience and education which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the essential mental and physical demands and functions of the position.
Veterans Preference Points Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores Continuous recruitment, scores accessed as needed.

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic One (1) DUI conviction within the last three (3) years. 
Automatic Suspension of driver's license,  Driving while suspended, Reckless or Negligent driving within the past three (3) years.  Two incidents of each, regardless of date.
Automatic Two or more DUI Convictions; regardless of date.
Drug Usage
Potential Use of marijuana in the last 6 months is a potential, not automatic disqualifier.
Automatic Use of any illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 6 years. 
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Illegal use of prescription medication within the last 3 years.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction/admission of while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue. Admission of domestic violence offense within 3 years of application. More than one incident of domestic violence is an automatic and permanent disqualification.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct including viewing pornography while at work.

Any Non-violent misdemeanor convictions within the past three (3) years.

Automatic 3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Potential NOTE: If you have committed illegal actions, whether or not you were caught, these actions may be grounds for disqualification. If you have questions regarding this issue, you may contact the Clark County Chief Civil Service Examiner.

Contact Information

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

Clark County Human Resources
1300 Franklin St PO Box 5000
Vancouver, WA 98666 Clark County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required