Law Enforcement Officer Position

King County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff



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King County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

Last updated on August 23, 2021
PST Partner Agency since July 02, 2018

Vacancies: 53

Testing Deadline: December 31, 2021.

Important Information

If you have a verifiable financial hardship, King County may pay all related testing fees.  Please complete the following form (King County Sheriff Testing Fee Waiver) and once completed, submit to PST (  Please allow 10-14 days for review and notification whether approved or not.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Backgrounds Department at 206-263-2664 and ask to speak to Alexandra Ehlert.

Area Information

County: King
Population: 1.6 million
# of Staff: Sheriff's Office - 1150 (750 commissioned), DAJD - 900

Hiring Status

King County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff has 53 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 31, 2021.

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on a monthly basis. Those certified on the Civil Service eligibility list will be forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 37 - filled by both entry and laterals.

Salary Information

The 2020 salary range for deputies is $71,363.56 - $99,923.87 annually based on a six-step system (initial hire rate + five increases based on hire date). These are the base rates for which premiums for education, longevity, and specialty assignments are awarded. Cost of living increases are made annually. The current deputy contract will expire December 2021.

•Competitive wages, including special and duty pays

•Paid academy training

•Patrol premium

•Educational incentives for degrees held

•Longevity premiums for years of service

•Paid holidays

•Vacation days

•Sick leave

•Take-home car assigned up completion of training (entry-level)

•Self-paced training program

Benefit Information

•100% employer paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for you and your dependents.

•Annual vacation: 0-5 years = 12 paid days; 6-8 years = 15 days; 9-10 = 16 days; 11-16 years = 20 days; 20- 25 years = an additional day per year; 26 years = 30 days

•12 paid holidays

•12 paid days of sick leave annually

•Liberal accrual of compensation time

•Patrol Longevity Pay: An additional 2% of base rate starting after 5 years, up to 16% of base rate after 25 years.

•Take-home car upon completion of training; potential annual savings in time, gas, insurance, maintenance, convenience, etc. of between $3000-$5000.

•Education Incentive up to an additional 6% of base rate

•Deputies assigned to traffic, reactive and proactive patrol for at least one full month receive an additional 1% of base rate

•Numerous other premium pays for specialty units (e.g. Detective, K-9, TAC-30, Skin Diver, etc.)

•Paid academy training

•Self-paced training program

•Basic life insurance for you and the eligible family members you enroll

•Basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for you

•King County provides all uniforms and most equipment, as well as a car per officer program.

You may purchase additional/enhanced life insurance for yourself. Employees also can participate in flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses. Other King County employee benefits include the home ownership, Making Life Easier, and mildly ill child care programs.

King 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 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age You must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application; age 21 on the date of hire.
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED You must have a high school degree or GED.
Driver's License Required You must have a Washington State driver's license, or be able to obtain one by the date of hire.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language You must have the ability to read, speak and write the English language fluently.
Vision Requirements Normal color vision (based on the Ishihara standard range of normal color vision as determined by the medical exam) Uncorrected vision of 20/100 or better, correctable to 20/30 with the use of glasses, hard contact lenses or soft contacts you have worn for less than one year OR Corrected vision to 20/30 or better with soft contact lenses you have worn for at least one year (in this case there is no uncorrected vision standard) OR Uncorrected vision of 20/30 or better.
College Requirement No
Other King County Sheriff does require their candidates to take the physical ability test with PST.

Able to qualify with a KCSO-issued firearm at least twice a year.

Able to successfully pass a complete background investigation to include a polygraph exam, psychological evaluation and a medical exam.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores Weekly

King 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 • Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol within the last ten (10) years
• Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol more than once
• As an adult, conviction of Attempting to Elude, or Hit and Run
• As an adult, conviction of Reckless or Negligent Driving 1st degree in the last five (5) years
• Driving While License Suspended/Revoked reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Drug Usage
Automatic • As an adult, convicted of any drug crime, felony or misdemeanor
• Use of mushrooms within the last three (3) years
• Use of hallucinogens (includes GHB & ecstasy; excludes mushrooms), cocaine, methamphetamine, or opiates within the last ten (10) years
• Use of any other illegal drug, including steroids, within the last five (5) years
• Illegal use of four (4) or more different controlled substances, including marijuana, in the last ten (10) years
• Any instance of manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs for the purpose of sale or distribution
• Use of any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity
• Obtaining a prescription under false pretenses
• Any instance of illegally injected amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, or valium
• Any instance of illegally using a drug after submitting an application to any Law Enforcement agency
• Marijuana use will reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, in order to increase the likelihood of continuing on in the hiring and background process, an applicant should not have used Marijuana in the last 12 months
Criminal Activity
Automatic • Any adult felony convictions
• Any adult misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving theft or crimes of violence
• Conviction of Minor In Possession of Alcohol within the last three (3) years
• Any conviction for a sex related crime
• Any instance of required registration as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status
• Any conviction for solicitation of prostitution
Automatic Domestic Violence
• Any conviction for any crime classified as a Domestic Violence offense

• Any discharge from any military service other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
• A dishonorable discharge remains an automatic disqualifier

• As a juvenile, convicted of any drug crime
• Huffing of commercial chemical agents (glue, paint, etc.) Trafficking (selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale) any illegal drug.

Criminal Activity
• All criminal activity not listed as an automatic disqualification, whether discovered or not, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any solicitation, or pattern of solicitation of prostitute(s). Any juvenile convictions (felony or misdemeanor).

• 2 or more at fault collisions within the last 5 years.
• 3 or more moving violations within the last 5 years.
• Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

• Any discharge from any military service under other than honorable circumstances.

Law Enforcement Certification
• Any suspension, revocation, or denial of a Law Enforcement certificate (CJTC/POST) in any state.

Contact Information

King County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

516 Third Avenue, Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104 King County


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

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