Court Marshal

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 18, 2022
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The King County Sheriff's Office is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We are among the largest sheriff's departments in the country with a commissioned staff of more than 780. Our deputies have opportunities to serve in many different communities, including unincorporated King County, numerous city police departments, and a transit police agency, among others.
Court Marshals hold a limited law enforcement commission that allows them to perform law enforcement duties while on duty and at their worksite. This is a great opportunity for law enforcement professionals to let previous career experience enhance retirement earnings and/or continue a career of service.
 Marshals serve at the following locations:

  • King County Courthouse, Seattle
  • Youth Services Center, Seattle
  • Harborview Mental Health Court, Seattle
  • Regional Justice Center, Kent
  • Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
  • Other locations as assigned

Job Duties

The Court Protection Unit (CPU) is part of the Technical Services Division (TSD) and is comprised of 3 Sergeants, 36 Marshal positions and 35 noncommissioned Security Screeners. The CPU operates Monday-Friday with weekends and King County recognized holidays off between the hours of 6am and 5pm. Hours of operation vary at each of the 12 work sites. Marshal's will be assigned to the King County Courthouse (Seattle) or Maleng Justice Center (Kent) during the first year of employment (probationary period). 

Marshals work under the Sheriff’s Office General Orders Manual and the CPU SOP. Marshal's man fixed security posts and patrol on foot. Marshals make warrant arrests, take defendants into custody on court ordered remands, provide courtroom presence and respond to a variety of different calls for service. Marshals also investigate incidents and write case reports.

Marshals may work 8 to 10 hour shifts (not counting overtime) with varied furlough days based on worksite. Workdays are Monday through Friday. Shifts generally start no earlier than 5:45am and end no later than 5:15pm.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Must have graduated from a certified law enforcement academy that meets or exceeds Washington State standards, and currently possess, or be able to obtain a valid Washington State Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Must have at least 2 years of recent work experience as a full-time commissioned police officer at a state, county, or city police department (recent means within the last 5 years) OR
  • Must have 4 years of continuous service and currently serving as a reserve police officer with qualification standards and work duties similar to the King County Sheriff's Office.
  • Out-of-state hires must complete a 2-week equivalency academy within the first year of employment.
  • Good verbal skills and obvious experience defusing interpersonal conflicts and maintaining orderly conduct in public group situations.
  • 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.

Supplemental Information

Application and testing process:

Direct apply – Click on the "Apply" link towards the top of this job announcement on the right. A complete up to date application is required for processing.

 Oral Board/Interview Process
 Applications will be reviewed weekly and eligible candidates will be notified of upcoming dates for the oral board examination. Applications will be screened for accuracy and completeness to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications to be considered as a Marshal candidate. Civil Service reviews applications every week and will contact you within 5 to 7 business days of receiving your application. The oral board exam is a formal interview conducted over video conference with a panel of King County Court Protection Deputies and/or Sergeants. The panel will evaluate you on the following criteria: communication skills, background, community involvement, experience, integrity, motivation, interpersonal skills and problem solving.

Civil Service Eligibility List
Upon successfully passing the oral board examination, qualified candidates will be placed on the Marshal eligibility list. The final score is based on your oral board interview and, if applicable, one of the approved preference points (see below). Ranking on this list determines the order in which background investigations are conducted. 

PREFERENCE POINTS (candidates may not use more than one preference):

  • Veteran's Preference: a valid copy of your DD214 must be provided prior to or at the time of your oral board appointment to be valid. To learn more, review RCW 41.04.010
  • Foreign Language Proficiency: if you speak a foreign language and wish to receive additional consideration, please indicate this on the applicable supplemental question.  You must successfully pass the pre-set requirements in an assessment before additional points are added.

 Background Investigation
 Our thorough background investigation includes a look at your criminal history record, employment history, personal references, driving history, credit history and an evaluation of psychological suitability. KCSO detectives will conduct the investigation, which may include a home visit. Personal references and current and previous employers will be contacted. Once the background investigation is complete, you will take a polygraph test.
Final Interview and Medical Exam
If you pass the background process, you will have a final interview with the hiring captain. Upon successful completion of that interview, you will get the call for a job offer contingent on passing a basic medical exam and psychological evaluation that confirms your fitness for duty.

 While some background investigations take longer than others and depending on your position on the eligibility list, you can expect the time from the point your background investigation begins to the time you are offered a job to take around eight weeks.
 If you are a LEOFF I or LEOFF II retiree, it may be possible to draw your LEOFF benefits while employed in this position. The KCSO Court Protection Unit Marshals can pay into the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS). Call the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) for clarification. If you are a PERS I or PERS II retiree, you may be able to work a number of hours and still receive your retirement benefits, but you should check with DRS.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact Marc Alvarado at

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

You must be a current US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident to apply for civil service positions with the King County Sheriff's Office. Are you now a United States citizen?
  • Yes
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Can you read, write, and speak the English language?
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The King County Sheriff's Office maintains a list of automatic disqualifiers for employment. This list can be accessed by clicking on this link Automatic Disqualifiers. Please review the disqualifiers and respond to the following question before proceeding. Do you certify that based on your review of the automatic disqualifiers that you are qualified for employment with the King County Sheriff's Office? Note - This information will be verified prior to scheduling an oral board interview.
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The background of all King County Sheriff's Office employees and applicants are thoroughly checked. The required background investigation will review and evaluate driving records, criminal records, employment histories, military records, personal and employment references, and related information. A polygraph examination is also required. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation and polygraph examination as part of the employment process?
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Did you graduate from a certified law enforcement academy? * This is required
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Do you have at least 2 years of recent work experience as a full-time commissioned police officer at a state, county, or city police department (recent means within the last 5 years) OR 4 years of continuous service and currently serving as a reserve police officer with qualification standards and work duties similar to the King County Sheriff's Office? * This must be reflected in your application
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