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 October 20, 2020
PST Partner Agency since March 26, 2014

Vacancies: 7

Important Information

Clark County accepts scores from PST on a continuous basis.

Oral Board Interviews will be held as often as possible, on a rolling schedule. (All interviews are conducted via Webex online)

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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 assignments will be patrol, but after two (2) to three (3) years of patrol experience, deputies have the opportunity to apply for special assignments in the following areas:


• Traffic

• Narcotics

• Detectives

• K-9

• Marine Patrol

• Child Abuse

• School Resource Deputy

• Hostage Negotiation

• Bomb Technician

• Computer Forensics.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking qualified minorities, women and veterans to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of the community.

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 459,000
# of Staff: 421

Hiring Status

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff has 7 vacancies.

This is a continuous recruitment.

Clark County accepts scores on a continuous basis.

Oral Board Interviews will be held as often as possible, on a rolling schedule.

Clark County will interview an applicant once in a 12-month period regardless of updated written scores. Interviews are scheduled on a first come basis, there's no guarantee of an oral board interview.

Once an applicant has been successful in the oral board interview and is ranked on the Eligibility List, no new written scores will be accepted until the applicant is no longer on the current Eligibility List. Candidates must successfully complete a background investigation to be considered eligible for hire. As vacancies occur, positions are filled by Civil Service "Rule of Five" interviews with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for the final selection process.

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

Number of Current Vacancies: up to 7

Salary Information

$28.02/hour to $ 35.74 /hour OR Approx. $5,267/ month to $6,719/month (Plus Longevity steps at 8 and 10 years)

Benefit Information

For details on benefits: 


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

• Take home vehicles

• Life insurance ($25,000)

• Dry cleaning (3 uniforms per week)

• Uniforms and equipment provided 

• Guild contract was settled
which provided 7.2% increase over the next three years

• Shift Differential and
Call Back pay

• Bereavement leave



• Paid Days Off (18 hrs per
month to start)

• 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) No, not required (may be required later)

PAT will be required before background investigations are completed.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
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.
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 seven (7) years.
Automatic Suspension of driver's license, Reckless or Negligent driving within the past three (3) years.
Automatic Two or more DUI Convictions; regardless of date.
Drug Usage
Automatic Any illegal drug substance (including marijuana) usage, ingestion, or distribution within past twelve (12) months.
Automatic Use of any illegal drugs in the last three (3) years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic Illegal sale or cultivation of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Potential Using prescription medication not prescribed to you; depending on what and when.
Automatic Any Felony Convictions. RCW Chapter 9.96.a
Automatic Any Domestic Violence or Assault I, II, III Convictions.
Automatic Any Non-violent misdemeanor convictions within the past three (3) years.
Automatic You have been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. military. (Civil Service Rules 7.07h)
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: No, not required (may be required later)

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