Corrections Position

Island County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections



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Island County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections

Last updated on March 13, 2024
PST Partner Agency since December 17, 2014

Vacancies: 2

Important Information

Do you want to live and work on Whidbey Island?  We have four openings for Corrections  Deputy so don't forget to send your PST scores to Island County. 

We are part of the NeoGov system so applying is easy.  When you test be sure to submit your PST scores to Island County  (and complete your Personal History Statement) then complete Island County's on line application . 

If you are scheduled to take the PST test you can fill out the employment application when you see an opening posted – you don't need to wait until you get your PST scores - I will receive them once you pass the PST test and submit your scores to Island County.  This process can move quickly so you should too!

Feel free to contact Nicole Wheat, Chief Examiner, by email ( or telephone (360-679-7379 - leave a message) if you have any questions about the process, the positions or our community.

Community Information

Island County is located in the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound surrounded by the Olympics and Cascades Mountains. Island County consist of Whidbey and Camano Islands accessible by bridge ferry or aircraft. Deception Pass State Park, located on the northern tip of Whidbey Island is the most visited park in the state. Geographically the Islands are two hours north of Seattle and one hour south of Vancouver B.C.

Island County is also home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, historic downtown featuring charming bed & breakfasts, quaint shops and flavorful local restaurants and an abundance of beach and park recreational areas. Life as an "Islander" is very good. It's a great place to raise a family, to be involved in the community and to enjoy outdoor recreation. You'll find the citizens warm, accepting, and genuine. Employment in this jewel of the Northwest is a great place you'll be proud to call home.

Department Information

Specialty duty assignments include: Field Training Officer, Electronic Home Monitoring, Specialty instructors, and more.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of 81 employees. The criminal division holds 41 fully commissioned sworn deputies who serve three precincts on two islands, the Town of Coupeville and a major crimes unit. The corrections division is made up of 22 corrections deputies that operate a 58 bed jail. Both divisions are supported by a robust civil division. Collateral duty units include the Critical Response Unit and Marine Safety Unit. It is the mission of the Island County Sheriff’s Office to provide unbiased, community oriented police services in order to maintain and enhance Island County’s reputation as a safe, thriving community where residents and visitors can safely live, work and visit. The mission is supported by our core values of; Service, Professionalism and Accountability.

Area Information

County: Island
Population: 62,000
# of Staff: 135

Hiring Status

Island County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections has 2 vacancies.

Island County Corrections is currently fully staffed, but we are currently accepting applciations for upcoming openings. So don't forget to send your PST scores to Island County, complete your Personal History Statement and apply at .

Salary Information

2023 Pay Rates:                              2024 Pay Rates:

Starting - $26.33/hr                        Starting - $27.43/hr

3 Year Base - $31.70/hr                  3 Year Base - $32.65/hr

20 Year Top Out - $36.76/hr          20 Year Top Out - $37.86/hr

Benefit Information

Benefits include: up to 840 hours of PTO with possible yearly payout, Uniforms and duty gear provided on initial hire and an additional $1,000 clothing allowance yearly (after your first year), LEOFF Trust Plan F Medical (Employer covers 90% of cost) with a $175 monthly VEBA contribution, County paid Dental, Vision and Life Insurance. Shift differential for Swing/Mid shifts, 3% Specialty Pay for Special Assignments, 120 hour comp bank, 4 day work week and PSERS Plan 2 Retirement.

Island County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections 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)
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 Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet correctable to 20/20 and meet minimum medical and health standards.
College Requirement No
Basic Corrections Academy Certification Basic Corrections Officer Academy and Field Training Officer training must be completed within one year of hire date.
Prior Experience Requirement No
Current Hiring Status
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Island County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections 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 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic 4 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Automatic Has been involved in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of "guilty" or "no contest".
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Automatic Any use of L.S.D.
Automatic Used (tried) illegally any narcotic or dangerous drug by injection.
Automatic Used illegally any other dangerous drugs or narcotics (marijuana included) other than for experimentation within the past 7 years. The use of an illegal drug is presumed to be not for experimentation by the Island County Sheriff's Office if: 1.) The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 10 times or exceeds 5 times in the past 7 years. 2.) The use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, exceeds a total of 2 times in the past 7 years.
Automatic Had a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Have a criminal proceeding pending or is under investigation for a crime.
Automatic Committed any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County Laws.
Automatic Has a validated history of criminal physical violence, or has been convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined by 18.U.S.C. 921 (A) (33) (A).
Automatic Maintains an on-going relationship with individual(s) who have been convicted of felony crimes and who are reputed to be involved in recent or current felonious activity.
Automatic Any affiliations with, and/or support of any organization or group which advocates the violent overthrow of the State or of the United States Government, or whose professional goals are contrary to the interest of public safety and welfare.
Automatic 3 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: Dishonesty.
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.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic A demonstrated unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.
Potential The following may, upon review by the Island County Sheriff's Office, make you ineligible to become an Island County Corrections Deputy Sheriff: -Alcohol or substance misuse and or abuse. -Commission of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor. -Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession and the Island County Sheriff's Office. -An inability to perform the essential functions of a Corrections Deputy Sheriff.
Potential PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Island County Sheriff's Department at 360-678-4422 and ask to speak to Chief Criminal Deputy Evan Tingstad or Chief Jail Administrator Jose Briones.

Contact Information

Island County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections

1 NE 7th Street
Coupeville, WA 98239-5000 Island County


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

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