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Deputy Sheriff Institutions

Marion County
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Deputy Sheriff Institutions


$27.91 - $41.01 Hourly


Salem, OR

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Full-time Regular

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking both trainee and certified applicants to join our Institutions team as a Deputy Sheriff.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency consisting of four operational divisions:  Community Corrections, Enforcement, Institutions and Operations.  The Sheriff's Office is committed to the delivery of quality services.  Each member of the team is encouraged to participate in delivering progressive and cost effective law enforcement services to the public.
$27.91 - $33.64 Trainee Pay Rate* 
$30.65 - $41.01 Certified Pay Rate*
*Hourly rate negotiable.  Posted rates do not include available incentives such as education, bilingual pay, certification pay, etc. 

In addition to the base pay rates above, Institutions 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%
  • Cell Extraction
  • 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 (MarionCounty 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

Maintaining Jail Standards

  • Maintains sanitation, health and medical standards by supervising adults in custody and notifying the appropriate person(s) about any deficiencies or concerns.
  • Ensures due process rights of adults in custody in disciplinary matters.
  • Ensures that adults in custody's rights to the legal system are maintained.
  • Maintains routine activity schedules to ensure that adults in custody's rights are not violated and that they have access to materials, services and privileges according to the law.
  • Adheres to, implements and enforces job-related rules, policies, procedures and post orders in a manner which promotes the safe, secure and orderly operation of the facility.
  • Attends and participates in facility and unit briefings.
  • Initiates and maintains neat, accurate and complete reports, memos, disciplinary reports, log books and unit rosters, by means of handwritten, typed and/or computer terminal entries.
  • Attends and participates in meetings and training as required.
  • Accesses, enters and retrieves electronic mail through the department’s automated system.
  • Works in a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) day a week facility with rotating shift schedules and workstations.  This may require working day, swing and night shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime.
  • Remains constantly alert and observant the entire shift, even in an isolated post where nothing occurs for long periods of time.
  • Dons emergency equipment in a safe and efficient manner for routine training and in crisis situations.
  • Maintains key and equipment control.
  • Controls access to and egress from the facility.
  • Monitors and operates audio-visual surveillance and telecommunications equipment.
  • Conducts visual inmate welfare checks and counts, equipment and facility structural inspections.
  • Conducts tactile clothed searches of adults in custody to detect contraband items hidden from sight.
  • Conducts visual unclothed searches of adults in custody to discover injuries, contraband, signs of drug use, and other signs of past or current conditions that may need medical attention and to ensure the adults in custody's welfare while incarcerated.
  • Conducts area searches to detect contraband or deficiencies in the security systems or physical structure of the facility.
  • Transports and escorts adults in custody inside and outside the facility.
  • Participates in emergency drills.
  • Negotiates flights of stairs.
  • Responds to and assists other staff in managing a variety of emergency situations.
  • Uses approved facility restraints in the control of adults in custody.
  • Operates fire-fighting equipment in the suppression of institutional fires.
  • Maintains and is able to use firearms as required.
  • Monitors audio traffic on the radios, telephones, and intercommunication systems, and acts as the central dispatch for the entire facility in routine and emergency situations.
  • Uses audio-visual surveillance equipment to monitor movement and activities throughout the facility.  This involves vocally and visually identifying police, programs, support service staff, and others before allowing these persons access to the security perimeter of the facility.
  • Controls, issues and records issuance of keys and radios.
  • Monitors auditory and visual emergency alarm systems.
  • Replaces sub controls on evening shifts, and routinely operates the D-Pod sub control due to staff shortages and in emergency situations.   This calls for prioritizing several functions simultaneously under sometimes-stressful circumstances.
  • Coordinates directly with the incident commander during emergency situations.
Adults in Custody Management
  • Uses audio-visual surveillance equipment to monitor movement in the hallways of the facility.
  • Verbally provides instructions and orders to adults in custody over the intercom for the safe, secure and orderly operation of the facility.
Other Job Functions
  • Maintains files in an efficient, accurate fashion.
  • Acts as member of non-required work groups.
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding facility procedures and adults in custody status.
  • Acts as a field training officer or jail counselor when requested to do so.
  • Maintains, checks and order supplies for the operation of the unit.
  • Performs other 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.)
  • 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:
  • This position normally works rotating shifts, split shifts or other alternative work schedules.
  1. Meets trainee level requirements; AND has eighteen months of experience as a corrections 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 Corrections Officer certification from the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training (DPSST).  If in possession of an out-of-state Corrections 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) REACT 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 Corrections 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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