Jobs and careers

Working for the sheriff's office

We offer a variety of job assignments for peace officers and civilians. Our jobs have competitive salaries, excellent benefits, advancement opportunities and leadership development. We have over 800 employees who serve more than 1.2 million residents.

Peace officer and civilian positions often include shift work, providing flexibility in work-life balance.

Current job openings in the sheriff's office

Benefits information for county employees 

A statewide and national reputation

We train other law enforcement agencies in areas such as:

  • SWAT teamwork (special weapons and tactics)
  • Community engagement
  • Jail management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Forensic science lab services

Our department as a whole has received outstanding service awards. Our peace officers and civilian employees have also received outstanding service awards.

A variety of opportunities

Deputy Sheriffs

Deputy Sheriffs begin by working in the jail, then can move to any one of several areas:

  • Patrol
  • Canine (K9)
  • Court security
  • Transport of inmates
  • Employee development
  • Water patrol
  • Hospital security
  • Background investigations
  • Community Outreach
  • Criminal Intelligence Division

Deputy Sheriffs can also work toward advancement in other areas, including crime scene investigations, major crime investigations (detectives), or supervision.


A civilian employee is anyone who is not a sworn law enforcement officer.

Civilian positions include:

  • Detention deputy
  • 911 dispatcher
  • Public safety records clerk
  • Accountant
  • Forensic scientist
  • Public information officer
  • Food service worker
  • Radio technician
  • Grant writer

Civilian employees can enjoy long careers with our office.

Collateral Duties

Both Deputy Sheriffs and civilian employees can take on collateral duties, such as:

  • ESU Team
  • WMD Team
  • Dive/Sonar Team
  • Hostage negotiation
  • Range safety officers
  • Part-time use of force instructor
  • Community outreach and recruitment
  • Twins, Vikings, and concert security details

A sheriff's office with high standards

The sheriff's office is an equal opportunity employer.

All sheriff’s office employees must pass a background investigation before being hired.

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