A Snohomish County corrections deputy monitors, supervises and maintain custody of inmates in the Snohomish County Jail. Corrections deputies also oversee the residential work release facility and those who are placed into non-custody community corrections programs. All jail housing units are operated in a humane, safe, and secure manner under the Principles of Direct Supervision. A direct supervision jail effectively controls inmate behavior through a combination of architectural design, inmate housing assignments, and ground rules. Module corrections deputies bear a large part of the responsibility by overseeing and caring for inmates in the jail.
The Snohomish County jail employs over 300 staff in a many different specialty units, including:
- community corrections
- inmate accounts
Depending on assignment and experience, a Snohomish County corrections deputy will:
- book inmates into jail, including conducting a screening to determine medical or other special needs
- conducts pat downs and strip searches
- fingerprint inmates
- supervise inmate activities, including food services, clean-up, visitation, and education
- check for outstanding warrants and criminal history
- transport inmates to court or other appointments, sometimes off-site
- conduct regular security checks
- administer breathalyzer or urinalysis
The work is rewarding but demanding and corrections deputies often work with distraught or difficult individuals, stand for prolonged periods, and work on holidays and/or weekends.
A high school diploma or GED certificate is required. Applicants must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years of age and have a Washington State driver’s license prior to appointment. Applicants will be expected to pass a variety of job-related tests, including a Civil Service examination and pre-employment examinations including, but not limited to, a complete background investigation, fingerprinting, criminal record check, polygraph examination, a medical examination, and a psychological evaluation.
Preference will be given to applicants with at least one year of work experience as a police or military police officer, probation or parole officer, jail attendant or guard, or work in a psychiatric facility, detention or juvenile center; OR, college level coursework in the area of corrections, law enforcement, police science, law and justice or social services related to correctional rehabilitation. A second language preferred.
For more information, see “How to Apply”.
2) Ensure you meet the minimum qualifications:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Must be a citizen of the United State of America.
- Must be 21 years of age, there is no maximum age limit.
- Possess a Washington State Driver’s License.
4) Go to the National Testing Network website, select “Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office” and click “Apply”. Sign up to take the written and physical fitness tests. (You can find descriptions of the tests, including videos, under the National Testing Network FAQs). In order to proceed in the testing process all candidates must have completed the application through Snohomish County (step #3) and completed the police officer testing and physical abilities test through National Testing Network (step #4).
5) National Testing Network scores the candidate and rates them in order of their combined test results. That list is provided to the Sheriff’s Office. Testing is conducted on a continual basis, so anytime is a good time to apply.
6) The Sheriff’s Office reviews the list and conducts an oral board interview of candidates. The board consists of two commissioned employees and the interview lasts approximately 40 minutes. The questions are oriented towards community service and community relations. The candidates are scored and a list is compiled. Candidates will receive an email from the Civil Service Commission with their score and where they rank on the eligibility list.
7) If selected from the eligibility list, a background investigation will begin, which includes:
- Criminal history investigation
- Personnel and professional references
- Employment history
- Credit check
- Drivers record investigation
- Polygraph examination
- Psychological evaluation
- Medical examination
- Felony conviction
- Misdemeanor conviction for moral turpitude
- Conviction of a domestic violence crime or court order violation
- Unable to possess a Washington State Driver’s License
- Use of non-prescribed Schedule I – V drugs within the past five years
- Heroin use or possession at any time
- Marijuana, or any marijuana derivatives, use within the last three years
- Trafficking or transporting for sale any illegal drugs
- Two or more bankruptcies
- Knowingly falsifying application or personal history packet
- Failure to pass the polygraph examination
- Failure to pass psychological evaluation
- Failure to pass medical examination
- Failure to pass drug screening
10) Once you have graduated from the academy, you will return to the Sheriff’s Office and begin the Field Training Program. The training program lasts approximately six weeks and you will be assigned to three different Field Training Officers (FTOs) who will train and evaluate you.
11) Prior to completion of the Field Training Program you will bid for available shifts, which are assigned by rank and seniority.
- $49,280.04 to $65,394.96 annual salary
- Salary may include college incentive pay, longevity pay and specialty pay if eligible
- Choice of medical insurance plans
- Fully paid dental, vision and basic life insurance for you and all of your dependents
- All uniforms and equipment provided
- Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 or Plan 3
- Optional deferred compensation program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Wellness Program and flexible spending account
- Long term disability insurance through the Deputy Sheriff Association
- Paid vacation, 10 holidays, and sick leave