Lateral Deputy Sheriff

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
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Posted on November 21, 2020

The King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is accepting applications from United States citizen and Lawful Permanent Resident
With a commissioned staff of more than 700, 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 contract city police departments, transit police agencies, and so many more.
We offer countless unique assignments that range from school or community-based positions to drug enforcement and bomb disposal.  All deputies begin their career on patrol (no jail service requirement), providing service to the people of a specific district.  Deputies are assigned to single-person patrol cars, and gain a strong sense of ownership in their communities by interacting with the residents, business owners, and visitors in the area. 
This position is a civil service position, for information regarding King County Civil Service Rules you can access these rules at Civil Service Rules.
CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions regarding this job announcement, please contact -
Civil Service - Brannon Mark, at 206-263-1885 or
KCSO Deputy Recruiter - Deputy Bailey at 206-263-KCSO (5276) or KCSORec@KingCounty.Gov

WORK SCHEDULE:  24/7 position, shift of day, swing, or graveyard are determined on need and assigned location. Schedule is dependent upon assignment. Patrol assignments are typically eight hour shifts on a five days on, two days off, five days on, three days off schedule.

  • Experience as a full-time commissioned police officer with at least 12 months of active patrol
  • Successful completion of probation as a commissioned officer with a city, county or state police or sheriff's department (Federal experience does not qualify)
  • Less than a two-year break in service from a former police officer position; and
  • Academy training that meets or exceeds the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's standards (720 hours).

Application and Testing Process: 
1. Direct apply.  Click on the "Apply" link towards the top of this job announcement on the right. A complete application is required for processing – do not type "see resume".
2. Oral Boards – Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the required qualifications to be considered as a lateral candidate.  You will then be contacted to schedule your oral board interview.  This is a formal interview in front of a panel of King County deputies, detectives 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.
3. Civil Service Eligibility List – Upon successfully passing your oral board examination, a final score will be given based on your oral board interview, as well as any one of the approved preference points listed below, if applicable.  Qualified candidates will be merged onto the existing lateral eligibility lists.  This list determines the order in which background investigations are conducted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
You may not use more than one preference.

4. Background Investigation – Our thorough background investigation includes a look at your criminal, employment, driving, and credit history, personal and professional references, polygraph exam and an evaluation of psychological suitability.  KCSO detectives from our Background Unit will conduct the investigation.  All references including your current employer will be contacted immediately due to our expedited process.  Your final selection interview will be with one of our three department Chiefs. A medical exam is also required.   

You can expect the time from the point of your background investigation begins to the time you are offered a job, to take roughly six (6) weeks.  Some background investigations may take longer, and when the investigation begins is dependent upon your position on the eligibility list and the hiring needs of the department.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the King County Police Officers Guild, which requires union dues.

Supplemental Information

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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

The King County Sheriff's Office offers competitive wages and a generous benefit package that includes fully-paid premiums for medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and their dependents. We also provide fully paid premiums for basic life insurance, a generous vacation and sick leave program, and membership in Washington State's LEOFF retirement plan.

More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at:

You must be a current US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) to apply for civil service positions with the King County Sheriff's Office. Are you now a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident?
  • Yes
  • No
Can you read, write and speak the English language?
  • Yes
  • No
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.
  • Yes
  • No
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?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you requesting additional consideration based on your fluency to speak a foreign language (not English)? Note - If you are requesting additional consideration based on your fluency to speak a foreign language, you are required to be assessed by a Civil Service vendor to determine eligibility.
  • Yes
  • No
If you responded yes to a request for additional consideration because you speak a foreign language, in which language will you need to be assessed?
Do you have experience as a full-time commissioned police officer with at least 12 months of active patrol and successful completion of probation as a commissioned officer with a city, county or state police or sheriff's department (Federal experience does not qualify)?
  • Yes
  • No
If you are not currently a law enforcement officer, do you have less than a two-year break in service from a former police officer position?
  • Yes
  • No
Name of the Academy training that meets or exceeds the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's standards (720 hours).

Required Question