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Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff
Last updated on September 15, 2021
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, and rich in history and natural beauty, Cowlitz County is home of the Monticello Convention of 1852, where the Washington Territory was born. With a balanced blend of rural and urban environments, most residents of Cowlitz County live about an hour from Mt. St. Helens, the Pacific Coast, and Portland OR, providing a unique quality of life. Long known as a world‐class center for manufacturing, predominantly in the forest products industry. For many years to come, the region will continue to combine natural resources, many transportation alternatives, and a community atmosphere to produce an economic environment.
Our community includes thriving export‐import activities, healthcare services, retail sales, senior living communities, a mix of public and private schools, a community college with four‐year degree extension programs, tourism, outdoor recreation, plus a wide variety of public, private and voluntary organizations.
Cowlitz County is home to approximately 108,950 residents, roughly 56 percent of whom live in the incorporated cities of Castle Rock, Kelso, Longview, Kalama, and Woodland. The remaining 44 percent live in rural, unincorporated communities such as Ryderwood, Toutle, Yale, Silver Lake, Lexington, Ariel and Cougar. These unincorporated areas of the County cover approximately 1,166 square miles, and are where the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office actively patrol and respond to calls for service.
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is a general authority law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's Office is made up of five bureaus; Administration, Patrol, Community Response Team, Detectives, and Administrative Services. The Sheriff's Office also oversees our regional drug task force. All commissioned personnel are assigned take home vehicles. Shifts start when you check on the radio. Commissioned personnel work four 10 ½ hour days and is rotational for days off. Patrol shifts routinely rotate from nights to days and days off, which allows for weekends off approximately every four weeks, for a period of approximately four weeks. This schedule averages approximately 2,050 hours worked per year, as opposed to the traditional 2,080 annual hours.
# of Staff: 60
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff has 2 vacancies.
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 five", with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.
Number of Current Vacancies: 2
Starting salary $5,582/mo. with annual step increases to $6,845/mo.
Additional longevity increases at 10 years (2%), 15 years (3%), and 20 years (4%).
Educational incentive: 1.75% for AA/AS and 3.5% additional for a BA/BS.
Salary based on an average of 2,050 hours worked per year.
Benefit package includes medical and dental plans, vacation, sick leave, and retirement (State LEOFF II plan).
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Yes|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||Felony conviction is an automatic disqualifier.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Felony conviction is an automatic disqualifier.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Must be able to meet the minimum standards for membership in the LEOFF retirement system. Refer WAC 415-104-510 and WAC 415-104-595.|
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||Newly hired deputies will attend basic law enforcement academy.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Cowlitz 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.
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