Deputy Sheriff

Linn County Civil Service Commission for Deputy Sheriffs

Starting Wage: $62,774


Required Civil Service Fitness/Written Exam – 1/7/2023 at 8:00 AM

Coe College (Clark Racquet Center) 400 College Drive NE Cedar Rapids, IA


Essential Functions:
The Deputy Sheriff performs work involving general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of County laws and other pertinent local and State laws; may be assigned to any of the divisions of the Department; and performs work under general supervision, which involves an element of personal danger.
Each of the following job duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Sheriff are performed on an on-going regular basis unless otherwise noted.

The duties and responsibilities:

  • Enforcing the laws of the County and all other pertinent local and State Laws;
  • Patrolling an assigned area checking doors and windows and examining premises of unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect any suspicious conditions in a motorized police vehicle;
  • Investigating suspicious conditions and complaints and making arrests of persons who violate the law;
  • Making traffic arrests and giving violation tickets to those who break traffic laws; aiding motorists; investigating traffic accidents;
  • Assisting in cases of fires, accidents, rescues, hazardous materials, and disorders in assigned area as directed. Restoring order, regulating traffic and preparing necessary reports;
  • Conducting investigations of serious crimes and accidental deaths. Preserving the scene of the crime, interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects. Following-up leads and presenting cases to County Attorney's Office;
  • Serving warrants, subpoenas, and legal papers. Handling and supervising evictions, performing repossessions, and placing liens as necessary.
  • Performing the duties of a jailer, including booking and processing prisoners, fingerprinting and photographing prisoners, and screening visitors;
  • Overseeing the care and custody of prisoners and mental health patients, escorting prisoners from the jail to the courthouse or other institutions;
  • Appearing in court as the arresting officer;
  • Assisting on medical calls with CPR and first aid;
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports; and Performing all other related duties as assigned

The knowledge, abilities, and skills required of Deputy Sheriffs include:

  • knowledge of the Iowa Criminal Code and Rules of Civil Procedures, and Department policies, procedures, rules and regulations, the ability to communicate effectively with the general public; the ability to handle stressful situations; and the ability to operate various equipment such as the intoxilyzer, fingerprint and photo equipment, and a computer.

The minimum training and experience required for the position of Deputy Sheriff include:

  • a high school diploma or equivalent
  • an associate's degree in a related field is preferred
  • no experience is required
  • must pass the Civil Service Exam and complete the training program at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy during the probation period.

The necessary special requirements for Deputy Sheriff include:
a valid State of Iowa driver's license; the ability to obtain and maintain certification in the following areas:

  • CPR
  • First aid
  • Weapons qualification
  • Intoxilyzer operation
  • Radar unit operation 
  • Jail procedures
  • Medication dispensing

To qualify for the position of Deputy Sheriff with Linn County you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship and a resident of Iowa upon employment.
  • Age 18 or older and have not reached your 60th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Current Iowa driver's license or the ability to obtain one before the date of hire.
  • Ability to read and write the English language.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Good physical, mental, and emotional condition as determined by a physician. 
  • Pass drug-screening test.
  • Uncorrected vision of not worse than 20-100 in either eye, correctable to 20-20, and normal color vision.
  • Normal hearing in each ear.
  • Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol, be of good moral character as determined 
  • by a thorough background investigation, and have not been convicted of a felony.
  • Not, by reason of conscience or belief, opposed to the use of force, when appropriate or necessary to fulfill duties.

Job ID: 82748

Posted 19 days ago

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