Special Deputy

The position of Special Deputy is a voluntary, non-compensated, and non-remunerable affiliation with the Sheriff’s Office. The position of Special Deputy is not employment with the Sheriff’s Office or Hamilton County, and the position offers no health care, retirement, or other monetary benefits. The Special Deputy Unit is administered in conjunction with the Hamilton County Special Deputy Sheriffs, Incorporated, an IRS 401(c)(4) chartered in the State of Ohio by authority of Chapter 1702 of the Ohio Revised Code. Appointment as a Special Deputy requires the individual to be a member of the Hamilton County Special Deputy Sheriffs, Incorporated. Please see the Special Deputy Questionnaire for additional information concerning your duties and obligations as a Special Deputy and as a member of the Hamilton County Special Deputy Sheriffs, Incorporated.

The ideal Special Deputy candidate is either a retired peace officer desiring to perform community service or an individual interested in ultimately obtaining full-time employment as a Deputy Sheriff. It is the Sheriff’s Office’s goal to employ from our diverse community a high-quality, motivated individual who is dedicated to work as a member of a team serving and protecting the citizens of Hamilton County. A Deputy Sheriff full-time uniform career begins with employment within the Jail Services (Corrections) Division where you will obtain valuable experiences, knowledge, and other skills that will provide the basis for many career advancement opportunities. If this paragraph does not describe you, the position of Special Deputy may not be the right choice for you. If the paragraph does describe you, please read the information provided within the Special Deputy Questionnaire for additional information on the duties, obligations, and the requirements to become a Special Deputy.

A Special Deputy serves at-will, which means you or the Sheriff may terminate the Special Deputy commission at any time for any reason that does not contradict current law. It is considered a conflict of interest to be a Special Deputy and directly or indirectly involved in the security field of employment.

• High School graduate or GED equivalent
• No visible tattoos while wearing a short-sleeve shirt
• Must possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license
• Must not have more than six points on your driving record within the last two years
• Must be at least 21 years of age and of good moral character
• Must be a U.S. citizen
• Must be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing the English language
• Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving moral turpitude
• Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction for drug abuse or possession
• Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence
• Cannot have a felony conviction
• Must not have used illegal drugs (excluding marijuana)
• Must have successfully passed the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
• Successfully pass a criminal and personal background investigation
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• Must pass a written examination
• May be subject to a medical examination which is at your expense
• Successfully complete a series of oral Interviews
• Pass a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) test
• Successfully pass an interview with Sheriff McGuffey and Chief Deputy Gramke
• Pass a pre-appointment drug screening test
• Applicants must pass each phase of the application process

If you are interested in becoming a Special Deputy, and graduated from a Peace Officer Basic Academy, complete the Special Deputy Application by following these instructions:

  1.  Download the Special Deputy Application – Click here to download
  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 SD@sheriff.hamilton-co.org – (Please include a copy of your driver’s license with the form.)