Law Enforcement Officer Position

Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff



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Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

Last updated on March 24, 2023
PST Partner Agency since December 03, 2015

Vacancies: 6

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact 509-574-2603. 


Community Information

Yakima County covers 4,296 square miles and is the second largest land area and 7th largest populated area in Washington State. The population is 247,004 (2013), with the largest city and County Seat being the City of Yakima.

There are over 14 cities and towns located throughout the County. The Yakima River flows through the middle of the County which is bordered by mountains and the Columbia River.

Yakima County business continues to grow yearly. Agriculture ranks as the largest industry in the County with a high production of apples, mint, pears and hops. Additional agricultural products include peaches, apricots, cherries, beef/dairy, wheat and award winning wines. Yakima County offers many post education opportunities. Yakima Valley Community College, Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University, Pacific Northwest Medical University and many extension programs top the list of extending education opportunities.

Yakima County offers a wide variety of recreational activities. With the local weather offering four seasons, there are always plenty of activities available. There are numerous hiking and biking paths throughout the mountains and cities. Fishing, camping, boating, backpacking and skiing are just a few favorites of the citizens and visitors. For additional information about the area visit Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce at

Department Information

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has been serving the people of Yakima County since 1863. Our main office is located in the City of Yakima, with a Precinct Offices in Zillah.

The mission of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is to enhance public safety, with integrity and professionalism.

The values are –

  • Trustworthiness
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Compassion

We are a full service agency with a variety of duties and assignments. YSO currently has 58 commissioned Deputies, 1 Animal Control Officers, 12 Reserve Deputies, 6 Department of Security Officers, 12 Dispatchers and 18 Non-Commissioned Personnel. Our patrol division works 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off. Detectives work an 8 or 10 hour shift. Some of our assignments include Patrol, Detectives, Boating, SWAT, Traffic Unit, K-9, Instructors-(EVOC, Firearms, Less-Lethal, FTO, Taser, Defensive Tactics, Active Shooter), Search and Rescue, Pass Deputy, Civil Service Deputy, Reserve Deputy Coordinator, Narcotics and Violent Offender Task Force and Special Operations.

Job Description

Under the supervision of a commanding officer, is responsible for the protection of life and property, suppression of crime, enforcement of laws and ordinances, preservation of peace, and traffic direction. Work may require performance of hazardous tasks under emergency and/or arduous conditions, which involve physical and mental stress. Weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts are required.

Area Information

County: Yakima County
Population: 247,004
# of Staff: 92

Hiring Status

Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff has 6 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 & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 6

Salary Information

Beginning Jan 1, 2023 salary is $5,527 Step 1 monthly to $7,701 at Step 6 monthly.  We do have premium pay for FTO, Instructor, Bi-lingual, DRE, Education (AA/BA) and Longevity.

Benefit Information

Uniform and cleaning provided/ boot allowance

Assigned take home vehicle

PEBB Insurance for medical, dental and vision coverage for employee and family.

100 holiday hours/ 5 premium paid holidays.

Vacation accrual based on longevity.

8 hours of sick leave accrual per month.

We also offer the LEOFF II retirement program and deferred compensation.

Yakima 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 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident 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 Must have a good command of reading and writing the English language.
Vision Requirements Must have not less than 20/100 in each eye without correction and corrected 20/20 vision in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye.
College Requirement No
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must satisfactorily complete within 12 months after hire.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Yakima 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
Potential Applicants traffic history, including misdemeanors, suspensions, DUI’s, etc. will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Automatic All felony traffic convictions (vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, etc. Will be an automatic disqualifier.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year.
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.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
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.
Potential Failure to pay income tax or child support.

Contact Information

Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

1822 S.1st Street
Yakima, WA 98903 Yakima County County


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

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