Corrections Deputy (Entry Level & Lateral) - Linn County Sheriff, OR

April 26, 2019

Linn County Sheriff,OR

Corrections Deputy (Entry Level & Lateral)

Job Opening and Application Details


Please, read the entire job announcement prior to submitting your application.  There are specific instructions for applying with Linn County and you could be disqualified from consideration if you do not follow these instructions.
This recruitment will remain open until filled.  The Sheriff's Office may close this recruitment at any time, without further notice.
PRE-APPLICATION TESTING PROCESS:  Before submitting an application for this recruitment you must have passed the REACT (Baseline) test with the National Testing Network (NTN).
All applicants must successfully pass the ORPAT with a time at or below 5:30.  Applicants residing in Oregon may take the ORPAT with the National Testing Network, or electronically attach to their NEOGOV application proof of a passing ORPAT taken within 1 year of the date of application.
For out-of-state applicants, an application may be accepted without an ORPAT score.  However, a passing ORPAT score must be received to move forward in the hiring process (can be coordinated around oral board time, should you reach that phase).
The Linn County Sheriff's Office contracts for testing services for the position of Deputy Sheriff (including criminal patrol and corrections) with National Testing Network, Inc. (NTN). To fill out an application for testing and schedule a test, go to:, select Corrections and sign up for the Linn County Sheriff's Office.  
The application for testing is not an application for Linn County employment. After successfully testing with NTN, you must then submit a Linn County Application form by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of this job announcement in A completed PHQ with NTN is not required. 
What to expect at the website:
•     Completion of the NTN application process and links to LCSO employment website.
•     Review all information related to the Linn County Sheriff's Office deputy position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
•     Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and ORPAT testing.
•     Opportunity to take online practice tests at
•     Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
•     Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Upon completion of the entry level exam and ORPAT testing, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Candidates who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and the physical abilities test will be placed on the County's NTN eligibility list. 
Linn County will only accept employment applications from those candidates on the NTN eligibility list for Linn County Sheriff's Office.  Accepted applicants will be invited to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process.
National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and ORPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the Linn County Sheriff's Office responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to Linn County Sheriff's Office where the final decisions are made.


Job Classification Specifications


A person employed in this classification must possess the capability to perform the following duties to be considered for and to remain in this position. The duties are essential functions requiring the critical skills and expertise needed to meet job objectives. Additional specific details of these essential functions may be provided by the specific office or department job announcement, if applicable.
  1. Maintain custody and surveillance of prisoners confined in the Jail. Observe and report prisoner behavior and physical condition; recommend prisoner discipline and other actions; control prisoner movement within the Jail; supervise and instruct prisoners on work crews and on prisoner program assignments.
  2. Inspect prisoners quarters for cleanliness, safety, and contraband; implement prisoner recreational activities; assist prisoners and their families in contacting service agencies; provide routine information concerning prisoner status and office policies and procedures; record Court directives on duration and location of confinement, future Court appearances and special orders pertaining to care and custody.
  3. Control public movement within the Jail.
  4. Prepare reports on prisoners concerning incidents, population counts, social histories, performance evaluations and other matters; inspect incoming and outgoing mail; operate communications equipment.
  5. Review and evaluate the work of prisoners on work release assignments, assist prisoners in resolving problems encountered on work release assignments.
  6. Process persons in and out of the Jail; fingerprint, photograph, search persons being booked in; prepare necessary paperwork and reports; insure release of prisoners in accordance with Court orders.
  7. Perform the basic medical screening of each person entering the Jail; arrange for evaluation of prisoner in medical facility as necessary; perform the distribution of prescribed medication.
  8. Transport prisoners to Courts and other locations.
  9. Send teletype messages to other law enforcement agencies.
  10. Develop and maintain effective, harmonious and reasonable work relationships with others.
  11. Maintain regular and predictable work attendance.


Job Requirements

Knowledge of modern policies, procedures and techniques for the custody, care, and transportation of prisoners. Knowledge of the applicable laws and ordinances, particularly those that pertain to jail standards. Knowledge of and skill in the use of fingerprinting, photographic, intoxilyzer, video monitoring, and teletype equipment. Demonstrated skill in the efficient and safe use of firearms and motor vehicles, including the operation of vehicles under adverse road conditions.

Ability to maintain order and supervise the conduct of prisoners. Ability to exercise mature judgment and react professionally and effectively in emergency and stressful situations. Ability to comprehend and interpret laws, rules, regulations and directives. Ability to perform duties without direct supervision. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, inmates, other agencies and the general public.


Hiring Process Details

Work is performed indoors and outdoors in a variety of environments in all weather conditions. Work requirements include being able to see (Corrected vision shall be at least 20/30 (Snellen) in each eye. Uncorrected vision worse than 20/100 shall wear soft contact lenses to meet corrected vision requirements. Uncorrected vision of 20/100 or better may wear glasses with frames to meet the corrected vision requirement. Color discrimination, binocular coordination and peripheral vision must be normal.) Additional requirements are the ability to talk and hear (have no significant hearing loss), sit and stand, read and write, walk, run, bend, stoop and the ability to lift or move fifty (50) pounds; use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms and shift from minimal level of physical exertion to high stress/high level of physical exertion at a moment's notice.

Bilingual Pay: Employees who are fluent in Spanish (and possibly Russian and/or American Sign Language) and use these skills while on duty will receive an additional 5% per month after passing a Standardized Language Fluency test administered by Linn County. Bilingual Pay is awarded at the discretion of the Sheriff.

Benefit Information: 

  • The Linn County Sheriff's Office provides an excellent health coverage plan for employee and eligible dependents, including medical, vision, prescription, dental, and optional life insurance, and long term disability
  • Potential of up to 17% in additional pay for certification, education, bi-lingual and special assignments.
  • Linn County Sheriff's Office Deputies are enrolled in a retirement plan through the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), with county-pickup, along with 3% county-pickup deferred compensation plan
  • Shift overtime is paid at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay (can be re-directed to employee's deferred compensation plan too). Corrections staff work a rolling four-days on/four-days off 12-hour shift schedule, and rotate days/nights every two months.
  • Longevity pay of 2.5% on top of the base salary on 10th year anniversary, and an additional 2.5% on top of the base salary on 15th year anniversary
  • At the discretion of the Sheriff, and after successful testing of abilities, bilingual employees are eligible for 5% incentive pay on top of the base salary
  • All uniforms (including dry cleaning) and equipment provided. Yearly equipment allowance of $150.
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time
  • Ability to accrue up to 60 hours in Comp Time

*****For example, a Deputy Sheriff with 15 years at Linn County, topped-out on the salary scale with full-family health benefits and incentive pay (Bachelor's Degree, Advanced Certification, Bilingual) receives a total annual package of approximately $129,535.*****


Job Requirements

Age: 21

US Citizen: Lawfully work within the US

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid OREGON State Driver's License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: Department of Public Safety Standards and Training requirement of 20/30 corrected

Necessary Certifications:

Be able to be certified as a corrections officer by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training - DPSST Minimum Standards of Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer are located at (Administrative Rule 259-008-0010).

Minimum requirements for both Entry Level and Lateral Candidates: 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 
  • 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. 
  • Must successfully complete all required training standards established by the Linn County Sheriff's Office and/or DPSST within one date of hire.

Must meet the following Linn County Requirements:

  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Linn County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services. 
  • Possess knowledge of and experience in using a keyboard, mouse and computer (PC) equipment. 
  • Positions in this class are required to work rotating shifts, split shifts or other alternative work schedules and may be subject to call back. 
  • Finalists must pass psychological and medical/drug evaluations by a county appointed physician.

Background Check:

Finalists for this position will be subject to an extensive background investigation. Some issues that might cause an applicant to be withheld from further consideration include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Felony convictions
  • Misdemeanor convictions for: 
  • Domestic violence (DV);
  • Currently named as the Respondent in a Restraining Order;
  • Crime of dishonesty; and/or,
  • Crime that resulted in serious physical injury to another.
  • Illegal manufacture, transport, or sale of a controlled substance.
  • Any repeated convictions of an offense, which indicate disrespect for the law, a lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence and disorder.
  • Discharge from employment, where such discharge indicates poor behavior and/or an inability adjusting to discipline.
  • Any military discharge with a characterization other than honorable may require additional documentation. Linn County may request written authorization to request official military records from the appropriate branch of service to make a determination regarding fitness for employment.
  • Persons convicted of a petty larceny.

Driving Disqualifiers:

Must be a competent and licensed operator of vehicles in the State of Oregon.

Drug Use Disqualifiers:

No arrests or convictions for any felony or any misdemeanor crimes involving the unlawful use, possession, delivery, or manufacturing of a controlled substance, narcotic or dangerous drug.

Additional Disqualifiers:

Must pass a thorough background investigation, psychological exam, medical exam including drug screen, and integrity interview that establishes strong moral character. Any conduct that could compromise the integrity of the employee, other employees, the Sheriff's Office or the County will be closely evaluated. Failure to read and follow directions may also disqualify candidates.

The individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others in the workplace.

Tentative Hiring Process:

  1. Review of NTN testing scores (REACT & ORPAT). Applicants must achieve a passing score of 80% or higher on the video exam. Applicants must pass all sections of the testing.
  2. Review of NEOGOV Application
  3. Informal 10-15 minute face-to-face interview for eligible and invited applicants (followed by a short job tour).
  4. Formal oral board face-to-face interview for eligible and invited applicants.
  5. Conditional offer of employment extended to selected top candidates only.
    1. Candidates are required to complete a pre-background Suitability Exam and PHQ before moving forward in the process.
  6. Selected top candidates will be moved on to the pre-employment background investigation 
  7. Hire contingent upon the successful completion of the following screening processes:
  • Pre-employment psychological evaluation
  • Pre-employment medical evaluation
  • Pre-employment drug screening

Full Job Description & Details:

Please refer to the official Linn County job description for this position located here: Tables/Job Descriptions/671.pdf (Download PDF reader)

Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
June 30, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.