Deputy Sheriff

Wilson, NC
Wilson County Sheriff

Salary: $49,416.00 – $83,508.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Employees in this class perform a variety of law enforcement duties in the area of patrol, civil paper processing, educational, crime prevention, and community service. Work includes patrolling a geographic region within the County during a shift in a patrol car; preventing, detecting, and investigating disturbances and crime; helping victims; transporting inmates; performing traffic control work apprehending suspects; testifying in court; and executing related assignments. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Deputy Sheriff Sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Duties include serving criminal court papers such as warrants and subpoenas, as well as receiving and serving civil process papers such as civil summons and executions.
  • Work may also involve responding to crime scene calls to secure the crime scene and collect appropriate evidence.
  • Employees must exercise judgment, initiative and calm control when performing duties. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness.
  • Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from superior officers. Work is often performed under stressful emergency conditions and frequently involves personal hazards.
  • Patrols a geographic region of the County to detect and deter crime; responds to calls for assistance; conducts preliminary investigations of crimes and complaints; detects unusual conditions; and may maintain surveillance and observation for stolen cars, missing persons, or suspects.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior, and other needs; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
  • Serves criminal papers such as warrants, subpoenas, notices of hearing, order of forfeiture, and commitment papers; locates people to serve papers, briefly explains the meaning of the papers being served, and makes arrests when necessary. Serves civil process papers such as civil summons, magistrate summons, notice of rights, subpoenas, and court orders dealing with child support, child custody, and domestic violence; briefly explains the meaning of papers served and remains on the scene after serving certain papers until the civil process is completed. Working knowledge of the criminal and civil papers issued by the courts and the practices involved in serving them.
  • Performs investigations of accidents and crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, secures the crime scene, and gathering physical evidence, and may serve as the evidence custodian; performs investigative tasks assigned by Investigator, arrests and processes criminal suspects.
  • Prepares necessary case files and materials for court; attends court to serve as a witness and provide evidence in court when necessary. Ability to present effective court testimony.
  • Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; provides information to general public. Conducts commercial and residential property security checks.
  • May serve as School Resource Officer and provides security to the school environment, participants in presentations related to law enforcement; works with staff on disciplinary issues.
  • May serve as Court Bailiff providing courtroom security for judges, the public, and inmates; calls court into session and insures judges’ security and other needs are met; performs coordination, seclusion, and other procedures with juries; escorts inmates to and from the courtroom. Transports inmates as needed. Performs related duties as required.
  • Performs a variety of special duties, critical incident activities, natural and man-made disaster activities. Ability to react calmly and quickly under emergency conditions.
  • Working knowledge of the operations, functions, and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office. Working knowledge of the state and federal laws, local ordinances and policies relating to arrest, search and seizure, and traffic control. Working knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods, and equipment.
  • Some knowledge of scientific crime detection and criminal identification methods and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of the geographic layout of the County as to locations of roads, important buildings, and other landmarks.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment and in the application of self-defense tactics.
  • Ability to act with sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise activity reports in a timely manner as required.
  • Ability to deal with tact and courteously with the general public. Ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective public relations with the community.


  • U.S. Citizen-21 years of age.
  • High school graduate or GED with some law enforcement training or experience -OR- an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Not have committed or convicted of Felony.
  • Not have committed or convicted certain misdemeanors.
  • Pass background investigation.
  • Pass pre-employment polygraph.
  • Possession of Basic Law Enforcement Certification preferred.
  • Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license, and have completed firearms training upon hire.
  • General Certification of a Deputy/Law Enforcement Officer -OR-
  • Must have obtained Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification from a N.C. Accredited program.
  • Must live within 30 miles/30 minutes of Wilson County.