Employment

As you consider a law-enforcement career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, you have the opportunity to become a member of the finest law-enforcement agency in the world. Our goal is to attract and recruit a high quality, diverse group of candidates who will succeed at training and on the job as Hamilton County Deputy Sheriffs.

We strive to attract highly motivated and qualified applicants. We are a dedicated group of men and women. We work as a team to serve and protect the citizens of Hamilton County.

All Hamilton County Deputies commence their careers in the Corrections Division, where they obtain valuable experiences, knowledge, and other skills. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is a progressive law-enforcement agency with many career advancement opportunities.

Few are called to a career in law enforcement. Fewer still can meet the rigorous standards required of a Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff. If you are ready for a challenging and fulfilling career, take the first step with us. Your application for the position of corrections officer is the first step in the employment process. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE).

Sheriff’s Office minimum qualifications

• High School graduate or GED equivalent
• Must be at least 21 years of age, of good moral character
• Must be a US citizen
• Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving immoral character or any felony
• Must be drug free for past 3 years
• Must submit to a criminal and personal background check
• Weight must be in proportion to height in accordance with established standards
• Must be able to speak, read and write the English language
• Must pass written examination, physical fitness assessment, medical examination
• Successful Completion of a personal background investigation
• Successful completion of a Home Interview and 2 oral Interviews
• Pass CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analyzer)
• Qualified applicants must pass all phases of pre-employment testing
• No visible tattoos (in long sleeve shirt, below the cuff or above the shirt collar)

Hiring process

• Application
• Written Examination
• Background Investigation
• Must agree to and sign a Background Investigation Release of Information form
• Personal History Statement
• Employment Previous/Current
• Address verification
• Criminal, Traffic and Civil Records Check
• References
• Financial
• Military
• Education
• Drivers license verification
• Medical Examination
• Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen
• CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analyzer)
• Must submit to and successfully pass at least (3) pre-employment interviews and home interview

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application by following these instructions:

  1. Download the Employment Application
  2. Save the PDF application to your computer
  3. Fill out the application completely on your computer
  4. Save the completed work
  5. Email the completed PDF file to apply@sheriff.hamilton-co.org

For information about the Special Deputy program, click here.

Employment benefits

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office offers an attractive and competitive benefits package.

• Medical & Dental Coverage – available first of the month, after 90 days (some employee contribution required)

• Vision Care Plan

• Vacation, 2 to 6 weeks per year, based on seniority

• Holidays, 10 per year

• Uniforms, provided as needed

• Uniforms Service Allowance

• Longevity Pay

• Training

• Sick Leave

• Life Insurance

• Excellent Retirement Plan (see note below)

• Paid Military Leave

• Promotional Opportunities

• Deferred Compensation Program

• Credit Union

Candidate must be able to work all three shifts, irregular hours, holidays and weekends. There is a twelve-month probationary period for this position.

Hamilton County employees are members of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), which provides for full retirement benefits after 32 years of service. Hamilton County employees do not participate in Social Security.

Disqualifying criteria

All applications that are incomplete or are not legible may be disqualified from the hiring process.

All applicants are expected to meet high standards. The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application. This is not to be construed as an inclusive list of reasons for disqualification or rejection.

• Felony conviction or felony conduct.

• Misdemeanors: All applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense in court within five (5) years of the date of application may be disqualified. All applicants convicted of two (2) or more misdemeanors will be disqualified.

• Non-compliance with the law.

• Illegal use of drugs (excluding marijuana): Any use of any prohibited substance or abuse of a controlled substance may be grounds for rejection. All applicants who have been convicted in court of the possession and/or sale of narcotics, dangerous drugs or hallucinogens or any other controlled substance or drug of abuse that relates to job performance or an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a criminal act, will be disqualified.

• Marijuana: All applicants who have been convicted in court for the sale of marijuana, or an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a criminal act, will be disqualified. All applicants who have been convicted in court for the possession of marijuana may be disqualified. All applicants who have used marijuana during the selection process will be disqualified.

• Intemperate use of alcohol.

• Anti-social behavior.

• Poor work record.

• Poor driving record. For instance, numerous crashes or numerous convictions for moving traffic violations, or currently have six or more active points on your driving record within the past two years.

• Numerous debts which are not regularly being paid. Your background will also be considered in terms of moral character, emotional stability, and reputation in the community and your interest in serving people.

• Guns, concealed weapons, and dangerous ordinance: Any applicants who have been convicted in any federal, state or municipal court of violating any gun control ordinance, carrying any concealed weapon, or possession of any dangerous ordinance, may be disqualified. Any attempt to violate any law, statue, or regulation to the above may be grounds for rejection.

• Sex offenses and acts of violence: All applicants who have been convicted in court of a sex offense as defined in Chapter 2907 of the Ohio Revised Code, or an offense of causing or threatening bodily harm as defined in Chapter 2903 of the Ohio Revised Code, or an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a criminal act, will be disqualified.

• All applicants who within five (5) years of the date of application have been discharged from previous employment for insubordination, serious misconduct on the job, unexcused absenteeism or tardiness, may be disqualified. All applicants who within the past five (5) years have been suspended, reprimanded, or disciplined for insubordination, misconduct on the job, unexcused absenteeism, tardiness, inefficiency, or neglect of duty on two (2) or more occasions, may be disqualified.

• Pilferage or theft of cash, goods, or services from a place of employment will be cause for disqualification.

• All applicants who have failed to obey or honor any judgments entered by a court of record, including, but not limited to, alimony or support payments, or have failed to pay any fine imposed by a court of record, may be disqualified.

• All applicants who have been other than honorably discharged from the United States military service for reasons that are job related may be disqualified.

• All applicants who have made any intentional false alarm to any police agency may be disqualified.

• Any applicant who is currently a member of any organization that advocates crime or the violent overthrow of the United States government will be disqualified.

• All applicants who have made false statements regarding any material matter during the selection process or have omitted any requested material information on the questionnaire, or who have cheated during any portion of the selection process will be disqualified.

Written notification

Applicants who fail to successfully complete any phase of the selection process will be notified, in writing, following the completion of that phase. If a position opening is not listed, then we are not accepting applications at this time. Applicants are directed to periodically check this Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office online at www.hcso.org for future employment opportunities.

Phone Calls regarding applications will not be accepted. Applicants are advised not to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office regarding the application process.