Law Enforcement Officer Position

Garfield County Sheriff's Office - Lateral / BLEA Certified Deputy Sheriff



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Garfield County Sheriff's Office - Lateral / BLEA Certified Deputy Sheriff

Last updated on February 27, 2024
PST Partner Agency since March 06, 2022

Important Information

$4,000 signing bonus for Lateral candidates/BLEA Certified 

Please complete the following forms and upload them to your PST account. Both Release of information forms are required.  

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 843-3494 and ask to speak to Sheriff Drew Hyer or Undersheriff Calvin Dansereau

Community Information

Garfield County is located in the southeast corner of Washington State, between Asotin and Columbia counties, this geographically diverse region is bordered on the north by the Snake River and on the South by the Blue Mountains, affording a variety of year-around recreation. 

Historically an agricultural region, Garfield County 's business economy is based largely in service, retail and small production. Garfield County's rich pioneer history lives on in the local preservation of it's historic houses, buildings and family farms. the county supports one port district, the Port of Garfield, which utilizes waterways transport along the Snake River, and is serviced by overland transportation along U.S. Highway 12, with connections to major interstates. 

Community pride, friendly customer service, quality K-12 education, local health services, and abundant recreation opportunities add to the rural charm of this vibrant, growing, neighborly community, creating a safe and welcoming environment for families and businesses. Garfield county was created from a portion of Columbia County through an Act of territorial Legislature in 1881. Garfield County population in year 2020 was  2290 people and is  718 square miles in size. Garfield  County  has one incorporated City of Pomeroy, which was Est. in year 2018 at a population of 1410 people and is 1.789 square miles in size.  

Department Information

The Mission Statement of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to protect and assist the people of Garfield County. Our dedicated law enforcement staff will maintain excellence in this endeavor and will continually improve our knowledge, skills, and abilities through personal development and training.

Vision Statement

Our community will recognize the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office as a progressive leader and trusted community partner working to make Garfield County a safe, secure and productive place for people to live. We will have a solid reputation for respecting individual rights while aggressively pursuing criminals and enforcing the law. We will be acknowledged for our commitment to making Garfield County a better place to live and an uncomfortable place for people who break the law.

Code of Ethics

As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental obligation is to protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of the people whom I have been sworn to uphold.

While I consider the way I choose to conduct my private affairs a personal freedom,

I accept the responsibilities for my actions, as well as inactions, while on-duty or off-duty, when those actions bring disrepute on the public image of my employer, my fellow officers, and the law enforcement profession.

I vow to perform all my duties in a professional and competent manner. I consider the abilities to be courageous in the face of danger and to exercise restraint in the use of my power and authorities to be the ultimate public trust. I accept that I must consistently strive to achieve excellence in learning the necessary knowledge and skills associated with my duties. I will keep myself physically fit and mentally alert so that I am capable of performing my duties according to the standards of quality expected of my position.

I vow to be fully truthful and honest in my dealings with others. I deplore lies and half-truths that mislead or do not fully inform those who must depend upon my honesty. I will obey the very laws I am sworn to uphold. I will seek affirmative ways to comply with the standards of my agency and the lawful directions of my supervisors.

I vow to treat others with courtesy at all times. I consider it to be a professional weakness to allow another’s behavior to dictate my response. I will not allow others’ actions or failings to be my excuse for not performing my duties in a responsible, professional and expected manner.

I vow to empathize with the problems of people whom I come in daily contact. However, I cannot allow my personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence the discretionary authorities entrusted to my job. I will affirmatively seek ways to avoid conflicts and potential conflicts of interest that could compromise my official authority or public image.

I hold the authority inherent in my position to be an affirmation of the public’s trust in me as a law enforcement officer. I do not take this trust lightly. As long as I remain in this position, I will dedicate myself to maintaining this trust and upholding all the ideals of the law enforcement profession.

Ethical Values

Trustworthiness: Trustworthiness is one of the most important ethical values and brings together qualities such as honesty, integrity, reliability, and loyalty. Earned trust allows the community to feel secure and assures them we will meet our obligations. Our ability to function as an organization rises and falls upon this value and it must be jealously guarded to ensure our continued success. The esteem the community holds for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is based squarely on each member’s honesty, integrity, reliability, and loyalty.

Responsibility: Our commitment to achieving our mission for the people of Garfield County can only be secured through a responsible, reliable and affirmative effort. Responsibility incorporates qualities such as accountability, self-restraint, and the pursuit of excellence. We must accept the responsibilities for our actions, as well as inactions, while on-duty or off-duty, when those actions bring disrepute on the image of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and fellow members. We shall uphold and follow through on promises and commitments so we can be relied upon.

Respect: This organization revolves around the respect to our duty, mission and the community. Respect in the Sheriff’s Office is demonstrated through the courteous treatment we offer each other in the conduct of our daily business. We strive to treat others with courtesy and respect at all times; not because of whom they are but because of who we are. We will maintain our professionalism by not allowing another’s behavior to dictate our response. Our duties will be carried out in a respectful and professional manner regardless of the actions or failings of others.

Fairness: We shall seek to be fair in adhering to a balanced standard of impartiality, equality, openness and due process without relevance to our feelings or inclinations. We will seek out relevant information and conflicting perspectives before making important judgments and decisions. Our decision must be made without favoritism or prejudice and we shall not take advantage of weakness or ignorance in others.

Caring: We must empathize with the problems of people whom we work with and contact on a daily basis. Sometimes we must make decisions that may cause people both emotional and physical pain. In doing so, one should be consciously aware to cause no more discomfort than is reasonable and necessary to perform one’s duties. A person who is caring will feel an obligation to be trustworthy, responsible, respectful, fair, and promote good citizenship.

Citizenship: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office exists for the service it provides to the community. We consider it our duty to deliver friendly, beneficial service, which promotes our mission. Members are encouraged to provide community service outside of their normal work environment through civic groups, athletics, churches, and other forms of volunteerism.

8 Full Time Sworn Law Enforcement Officers/Deputies, 7 F/T Dispatchers, 2 Part time Dispatchers and 2- Reserve Deputies.

Duty Opportunities: School Resource Officer, FTO, Firearms Instructor, Armorer, K9 and SWAT.

*There is no COVID-19 vaccination requirement to work as a deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

Area Information

County: WA
Population: 2500
# of Staff: 20

Hiring Status

Vacancies: Established an eligibility list

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST. PST scores will be processed by Civil Service on a monthly basis until further notice and will be merged with the current eligibility list. Vacancies are filled according to Civil Service "rule of five", in accordance with Garfield  County Civil Service Rule XII Certification, Section 1.

Laterals are encouraged to apply.

Salary Information

$4,000 signing bonus for Lateral candidates!

$54,521.28 to $60,217.32 per year

Benefit Information

Benefits Include:

Medical, Life, Dental & Vision Covered for Employee, $100.00 month for Spouse and $200.00 month for Children. you only pay co-pays and County pays Deductibles this is the best insurance in the State. Also get $100.00 month for VEBA. 

LEOFF II Retirement System

Take Home Vehicles

Garfield County Sheriff's Office - Lateral / BLEA Certified Deputy Sheriff Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must be able to pass medical examination prior to hire. 
College Requirement No
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and be BLEA Certified from WSCJTC must hold a valid certification through the WSCJTC.
Veterans Preference Points 5 points on written test 
Current Hiring Status Hiring 1 Deputy

The Successful Candidate shall, among other things:

• Successfully complete the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement during their probationary period.

• 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 8/10 hour rotating shifts.

• Able to work both voluntary and mandatory overtime.

• Successfully complete all other training as required by the Garfield County County Sheriff’s Office policy. 

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

Garfield County Sheriff's Office - Lateral / BLEA Certified 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 DUI crime convictions in last 5 years. 
Potential Applicant's driving record and history will be carefully reviewed. 
Potential 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 2 years.
Potential Suspension of driver's license within past  3 years.
Potential 5 or more moving violations in past  3 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 year(s).
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Potential All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis. 
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic 2 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: criminal conviction or drug usage.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Potential Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Potential Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Garfield County Sheriff's Office - Lateral / BLEA Certified Deputy Sheriff

789 Main St
PO Box 338
Pomeroy, WA 99347 WA County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)

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