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Benefits


A World-Class Setting/Culture
While working with the dedicated and extended family of professionals at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, you’ll become an integral part of a team that values the individual people, personalities and believes that each member of the law enforcement community brings with them to the Department.

That said, the benefits of working with the SCSO extend far beyond the excitement of contributing within the law enforcement community. The County’s central location, incomparable beauty, ideal climate, and numerous natural and civic amenities combine to create a matchless quality of life and are the reasons over 500,000 citizens make their home in Sonoma County. Plus, with San Francisco just an hour south, you’ll find your options for recreation and relaxation becoming virtually endless.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office offers competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package including medical and dental coverage, life insurance and retirement benefits.



What To Expect During The Hiring Process


      What To Expect During The Hiring Process
      Pre-Screening
      If you are applying for a County-wide job (support positions)
      If you are applying for a Deputy Sheriff position
      If you are applying for a Correctional Deputy position
      If you are applying for a Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher position
      If you are applying for a Sheriff’s Office Support position (detention assistant, community service officer)



What To Expect During The Hiring Process
To first time applicants, the County hiring process can seem very confusing. If you’re ready for a career with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, then your perseverance is greatly appreciated. To assist all candidates, we’ve outlined some of the processes for you on this page. There are different procedures for different types of job classes. Some job classes are offered County-wide and others are specific to the Sheriff’s Office.

A County-wide job is a position that is not specific to any particular Department throughout the County. A few examples of County-wide jobs include secretaries, accountants, information technology positions and administrative aides. With these types of jobs, your application will be shared with all the Departments that have an opening. Ultimately, you can choose the Department(s) you would like to accept interviews with.

A Sheriff’s Office job opening is only available at the Sheriff’s Office. A few examples include deputy sheriffs, correctional deputies and detention assistants. The hiring process for these jobs varies among the different job classes.

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Pre-Screening
For all job classes, after you submit your on-line application on the County of Sonoma’s Human Resources website, your application will be reviewed by Human Resources personnel to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job posting. If you fail to meet the minimum qualifications, the County Human Resources Department will notify you.

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If you are applying for a County-wide job (support positions):
Qualified applicants will be invited to take the applicable written test for the position. If your written test score is ranked high enough, County Human Resources will notify you and a subsequent interview will be scheduled. Upon completion of the County-level oral interviews, the County Human Resources Department will use the top candidates to establish an applicant list for Departments. County Human Resources will notify you of your interview ranking. At that point, Sheriff’s Office personnel (and other hiring Departments) will contact you for a Department-level interview.

If your Sheriff’s Office interview indicates that you are the best candidate for the position, the Department will work with you to initiate a background investigation. At this point, a background investigator will thoroughly look into all aspects of your life: criminal history, financial history, employment history, prior drug use and associations. The Sheriff’s Office requires a thorough background be completed for all positions within the Sheriff’s Office. If the background investigator determines that you are an acceptable candidate for the position, he or she will submit your file to administration for approval. Upon administration’s approval, you will be given a Conditional Job Offer (CJO).

The CJO is contingent on applicants passing a medical examination, followed by a polygraph examination to determine the truthfulness of all prior information that you provided. At the completion of this final phase of testing, and if the results of this final testing are satisfactory, you will be offered employment.

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If you are applying for a Deputy Sheriff position:
After you submit your on-line application on the County of Sonoma’s Human Resources website, your application will be reviewed by Human Resources personnel to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job posting. If you fail to meet the minimum qualifications, the County Human Resources Department will notify you. If you are applying for a Deputy Sheriff Trainee position (applicants that have not attended/graduated from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy) and it is determined that you meet the minimum requirements, you will be invited to take the P.O.S.T. entry-level examination. This test consists of numerous reading and writing components and is mandated by the State of California.

Once you have passed the test, or if you are an applicant for a Deputy Sheriff I/II position, you will be invited to an oral interview. The oral interview occurs with a panel of three Department members.

If you successfully complete the interview, the Department will work with you to initiate a background investigation. At this point, a background investigator will thoroughly look into all aspects of your life: criminal history, financial history, employment history, prior drug use and associations. Background investigations are governed by P.O.S.T. If the background investigator determines that you are an acceptable candidate for the position of Deputy Sheriff, he or she will submit your file to administration for approval. Upon administration’s approval, you will be given a Conditional Job Offer (CJO).

The CJO is contingent on applicants passing medical and psychological examinations, followed by a polygraph examination to determine the truthfulness of all prior information that you provided. At the completion of this final phase of testing, and if the results of this final testing are satisfactory, you will be offered employment.

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If you are applying for a Correctional Deputy position:
If you are applying for entry-level Correctional Deputy and your application showed that you met the minimum requirements, you will be invited to take the Standards Training for Corrections (S.T.C.) entry-level examination. This test consists of numerous reading and writing components and is mandated by the State of California.

Once you have passed the test, or if you are an applicant for a Correctional Deputy I/II position, you will be invited to an oral interview. The oral interview takes place with a panel of three Department members.

If you successfully complete the interview, the Department will work with you to initiate a background investigation. At this point, a background investigator will thoroughly look into all aspects of your life: criminal history, financial history, employment history, prior drug use and associations. Background investigations are governed by P.O.S.T. If the background investigator determines that you are an acceptable candidate for the position of Correctional Deputy, he or she will submit your file to administration. Upon administration’s approval, you will then be given a Conditional Job Offer (CJO).

The CJO is contingent on applicants passing medical and psychological examinations, followed by a polygraph examination to determine the truthfulness of all prior information that you provided. At the completion of this final phase of testing, and if the results of this final testing are satisfactory, you will be offered employment.

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If you are applying for a Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher position:
After you submit your on-line application on the County of Sonoma’s Human Resources website, your application will be reviewed by Human Resources personnel to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job posting. If you fail to meet the minimum qualifications, the County Human Resources Department will notify you.

If you are applying for entry-level Communications Dispatcher and your application showed that you met the minimum requirements, you will be invited to take the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) entry-level examination. This test consists of numerous reading and writing components and is mandated by the State of California. Once you have passed the test, or if you are an applicant for a Communications Dispatcher I/II position, you will be invited to an oral interview. The oral interview takes place with a panel of three Department members.

If you successfully complete the interview, the Department will work with you to initiate a background investigation. At this point, a background investigator will thoroughly look into all aspects of your life; criminal history, financial history, employment history, prior drug use and associations. Background investigations are governed by P.O.S.T. If the background investigator determines that you are an acceptable candidate for the position of Communications Dispatcher, he or she will submit your file to administration. With the administration’s approval, you will be given a Conditional Job Offer (CJO).

The CJO is contingent on applicant’s passing medical and psychological examinations, followed by a polygraph examination to determine the truthfulness of all prior information that you provided. At the completion of this final phase of testing, and if the results of this final testing are satisfactory, you will be offered employment.

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If you are applying for a Sheriff’s Office Support position
(detention assistant, community service officer):

Qualified applicants will be invited to take the applicable written test for the position. If your written test score is ranked high enough, County Human Resources will notify you and a subsequent test will be scheduled. Upon completion of the County level testing process, the County Human Resources Department will use the top candidates to establish an applicant list for Departments. County Human Resources will notify you of your ranking on the employment list. At that point, Sheriff’s Office personnel (and other hiring Departments) will contact you for a Department level interview.

If you successfully complete the interview, the Department will work with you to initiate a background investigation. At this point, a background investigator will thoroughly look into all aspects of your life; criminal history, financial history, employment history, prior drug use and associations. Background investigations are required for all support staff positions within the Sheriff’s Office. If the background investigator determines that you are an acceptable candidate for the position, he or she will submit your file to administration for approval. Upon administration’s approval, you will be given a Conditional Job Offer (CJO).

The CJO is contingent on applicants passing medical and a polygraph examination to determine the truthfulness of all prior information that you provided. At the completion of this final phase of testing, and if the results of this final testing are satisfactory, you will be offered employment.

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All job applications, minimum qualifications and details can be found at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org.