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Deputy Sheriff - Enforcement

Marion County
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Deputy Sheriff - Enforcement


$27.91 - $41.01 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Full-time Regular

Job Number



Sheriff's Office



Opening Date


Closing Date

10/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit




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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking both trainee and certified applicants to join our Enforcement team as a Deputy Sheriff.  The Enforcement Division provides law enforcement services to a diverse population throughout Marion County, spanning nearly 1,200 square miles. Deputies work in a wide array of environments including urban and rural communities as well as the farming and frontier regions of Marion County depending upon their assignment. We take pride in our ability to provide progressive and cost-effective law enforcement services and believe every person at the Sheriff’s Office contributes to the successful delivery of critical public safety services. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, be service-oriented, and be willing to work in a team environment. We are a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

$27.91 - $33.64 Trainee Pay Rate* 
$30.65 - $41.01 Certified Pay Rate*
*Hourly rate negotiable.

In addition to the base pay rates above, Enforcement Deputies may be eligible for a variety of pay incentives including:
  • Education 4%
  • Certification 6% (3% for intermediate and 3% for advanced)
  • Bilingual 5%
  • Field Training Officer 5%
  • Instructor 5%
  • Detectives 5% plus a clothing allowance
  • CRASH Team 5%
  • SWAT Team 5%
  • Longevity
    • Longevity 1 = Step 7 plus 5% after 10 years of service and at least 1 year on pay scale step 7.
    • Longevity 2 = Step 7 plus 10.25% after 15 years of service and at least 1 year on Longevity 1.
    • Longevity 3 = Step 7 plus 12.75% after 20 years of service and at least 1 year on Longevity 2.
This position is represented by the Marion County Law Enforcement Association (MCLEA). Deputy Sheriffs with the Sheriff’s Office receive a generous benefit package including:
  • Medical and dental insurance with generous employer contribution (Marion County pays 95%)
  • PERS & OPSRP Retirement (Marion County pays employee's 6% contribution)
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • Paid training program with accelerated field training for qualifying lateral applicants
  • Employer provided Group Term Life Insurance
  • Employer provided Long-Term Disability Plan
  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Short-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Medical Trust with employer contributions


Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following


  • Patrols roads, highways, forestland, federal enclaves, and business areas in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws; patrols rivers and lakes in patrol boat enforcing water safety laws and regulations.
  • Conducts criminal and traffic investigations and interviews; gathers evidence and takes statements of involved parties.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records necessary for efficient investigations, crime prevention, prosecution, and office procedures. Collects and secures evidence.
  • Operates radar equipment in the enforcement of speed regulations.
  • Makes arrests, books prisoners, transports prisoners and patients under custody to institutions, courts, and on extradition. 
  • Serves subpoenas, warrants of arrest, and civil papers.
  • Promotes public relations in a highly visible role by participating in community events/public forums, informing the public on public safety concerns, and answering inquiries regarding laws and ordinances.
  • Receives complaints from the community, self-dispatches mobile units, and answers general inquiries of the public.
  • Participates in search and rescue operations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Requirements for the Position


Must meet the following State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training requirements:
  • United States Citizen within one year of employment
  • At least 21 years of age at the time of employment (Marion County Sheriff's Office will consider applicants who are age 20, if they meet the qualifications of the position and are age 21 within 90 days from the recruitment close date.)
  • Possess a high school diploma, G.E.D., or 4-year post-secondary degree
  • Declared by a physician as able to perform the physical duties required by the occupation
  • Of good moral fitness, without legal conduct involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, and conviction of drug and/or sex crimes.
  • Information regarding the minimum qualifications and physical requirements for Oregon law enforcement officers is available in section 259-008-0010 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.
Must meet the following Marion County requirements:
  • Must possess a valid Oregon driver's license, or obtain within 30 days of hire. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. The policy can be found at:
  • Finalists for this position are subject to an extensive background investigation.
  • Finalist will be required to pass a psychological and physical exam.
  • Ability to hold, aim, and discharge firearm with sufficient accuracy to maintain minimum department qualifications.
  • Must complete Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) within first year of employment.
  • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
  1. Meets trainee level requirements; AND has eighteen months of experience as a police officer or deputy; OR any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County; AND
  2. Possess a Basic Police certification from the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training (DPSST).  If in possession of an out-of-state Police Officer certification, must attend and pass the DPSST Career Officer Development Course within one year of hire.  Successful out-of-state applicants are hired at the Deputy Sheriff Trainee level and wage range until Oregon certification is achieved.
  1. Applicants must complete ONE of the following academic proficiencies:
    • Recent (within the past twelve months) FrontLine test with National Testing Network (NTN); OR
    • Possess a four-year, post-secondary degree issued by an accredited, degree-granting college or university recognized by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization under the provisions of ORS 348-604; OR
    • Successfully completed training resulting in the award of Basic Police certification from Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
  2. Applicants must complete ONE of the following physical proficiencies:
    • Recent (within the past twelve months) Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) completed time from an Oregon Law Enforcement organization or authorized testing agency (NTN); OR 
    • Recent (within the past twelve months) Physical Abilities Test (PAT) completed time from a Military or Law Enforcement related source; OR
    • Successfully completed training resulting in the award of Basic Corrections certification from Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
  3. Applicants must complete the NEOGOV (Marion County Sheriff's Office) application.
To learn more about this job classification at Marion County visit the links below:


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

Marion County
PO BOX 14500

Salem, Oregon, 97309
(503) 566-3949

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