Court Marshal

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
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Posted on June 17, 2020

The King County Sheriff's Office is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With a commissioned staff of more than 780. We are among the largest sheriff's departments in the country. 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
  • Other locations as assigned

  • 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.

Application and testing process:
Complete an online application.
Oral Board
Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule an oral board. This is a formal interview in front of 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
Qualified candidates will be placed on a Certified Eligibility List. This list determines the order in which background investigations are conducted for consideration.
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.

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
  • Yes
  • No

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