Civil Service Commission
Many people believe that when they are applying for employment with the Sheriff's Office, they are applying to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. To be exact, individuals are applying for a position with the Sheriff's Office, but they apply through the Civil Service Commission.
When the Sheriff's Office has an opening, the Civil Service Commission provides the sheriff with the top five candidates' names from the eligibility list for that position. The Sheriff interviews the candidates and conducts a candidate background investigation. Usually, one of the five is hired.
The Civil Service Commission operates as an independent organization under the authority of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 41.14.
The Civil Service Commission contracts with Public Safety Testing to administer the Civil Service examinations for the Sheriff's Department Field Deputy positions. The examination for field deputy consists of written, oral, and physical agility examinations. Examinations for other positions within the sheriff's office consist of written, typing, and oral tests.
These examinations are conducted by the Civil Service Commission Chief Examiner. These tests establish eligibility lists from which new employees are hired. Testing for these support positions are conducted when an opening occurs.
For further information, visit the Public Safety Testing website.
- If you are pursuing an entry level Deputy position go to the Public Safety Testing website.
- If you wish to pursue a Certified/Lateral Entry Deputy role contact the Douglas County Civil Service Commission at 509-884-6965 or by email
If you have any questions, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office by calling 509-884-0941.