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All employees hired after September 1, 1986, must be residents of Shelby County and shall continue to reside in the County as a condition of their employment.  The residency requirement shall not apply to certain public safety/civil service employees.  This means exemption of this policy is in effect for the following departments and positions: (1) Sheriff Deputy Patrol Officers and Deputy Jailers, employed by the Sheriff Department, (2) Correction Officers employed by the Division of Corrections, (3) Firefighters and Paramedics personnel employed by the Shelby County Fire Department. The residency exemption for public safety/civil service employees does not include appointed positions with the Sheriff’s Office, Division of Corrections or the Fire Department.

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Shelby County Government (SCG) employees apply their professional expertise, and unique skill sets to their work every day, including qualifying military experience. As a prospective SCG employee with previous armed services experience, you can apply your tactical skills, leadership, integrity, and teamwork to promote, protect and improve the health and environment of all Shelby County residents. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.  

Candidates will be selected to move forward in the hiring process based upon qualifications. After interviews are complete and an offer is made, the candidate will be subject to a background check for any convictions that have a substantial relationship to potential job duties. Convictions and arrest histories will not automatically disqualify a candidate.

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Sheriff Patrol Officer - DEPUTY SHERIFF (Sheriff)

Closes On: December 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST

Department: Sheriff
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $21.61 - Hourly
Status: Open Register
Details: Requisition #22-89461
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Position Summary

Works under general direction to perform necessary tasks to satisfy requirements legislated under the powers and duties of the Sheriff found in Tennessee Code Annotated, Chapters 8-8-201 and 8-8-213.

Pay Grade: 49H

Minimum Qualifications

100% -

1. High school diploma or possess a GED.

2. Must be minimum age of 21 at the time of application.

3. Must be of high moral character.

4. Discharged under honorable conditions from Armed Forces, if applicable [TN POST Rule 1110-2-.03(1)(f)].

5. Will be screened for misdemeanor/felony record. (Must not have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or entered a plea of no contest to any felony charge or to any violation of federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor, or controlled substances).

6. Attend and successfully complete a State of Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved basic police training academy.


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Executes and returns process orders of the courts of record.

2. Aids and attends the courts as assigned.

3. Takes charge of custody of prisoners in the County Jail.

4. Serves, executes, and processes legally issued writs.

5. Makes initial investigations in response to dispatched calls for service.

6. Reviews and polices high accident locations and gives citations to violators.

7. Performs other duties as assigned to fulfill the requirements placed upon the office of the Sheriff Department.

8. Performs other related duties as required or directed.


KSAs -

1. Knowledge of the rules and regulations applicable.

2. Knowledge of traffic safety, or the use, care, and operation of the patrol vehicle under all conditions; and of the use and care of firearms and police liability.

3. Ability to master thorough on-the-job training during the first years of services.

4. Ability to interact with the public with courtesy and tact.

5. Ability to exercise good judgment and independent decision-making.

6. Ability to use self-defense techniques.

Special Requirements

1. Must be willing to work various shifts, holidays, and weekends.

2. After receiving a contingent offer of employment, must be able to pass a psychological and medical evaluation, and be subject to testing for substance abuse.

3. Must possess a valid Tennessee driver license or secure one by date of employment.

4. Must have daily access to an operable automobile and meet County requirements for automobile insurance upon date of employment.

5. Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces pursuant to §38-8-105(d).

6. Must pass a physical agility test upon satisfying initial minimum qualifications.


This position is subject to a background check for any convictions that have substantial relationship to potential job duties. Only convictions that are substantially related to potential job duties will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate. 

Application Special Instructions

Salary Schedule:

Entry: $3,745.44 Monthly

1st Year: $4,601.64. Monthly

2nd Year: $5,135.48 Monthly

3rd Year: $5,716.10 Monthly