Deputy Sheriff

Ottertail, MN
Otter Tail County

Salary: $30.05 – $45.08 per hour.

Position Summary:

The purpose of the Deputy Sheriff position is to protect persons and property throughout Otter Tail County by patrolling designated areas and responding to criminal and emergency complaints from citizens. Deputies respond to reports of criminal or public safety activity and investigate the reports.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforce criminal statutes.
  • Prepare reports.
  • Review facts to determine if criminal acts were committed.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Testify in court to present evidence.
  • Evaluate requests for service to determine how to respond.
  • Patrol areas on foot or vehicle.
  • Investigate suspicious activities.
  • Investigate safety hazards.
  • Investigate traffic crashes.
  • Transport prisoners.
  • Photograph or draw diagrams of crime or accident scenes.
  • Interview suspects and witnesses.
  • Enforce traffic laws.
  • Communicate using police radio and Mobile Data Computer (MDC).
  • Direct traffic.
  • Assist the public with solving problems and fighting crime.
  • Provide information on road conditions to the public.
  • Inspect businesses with alcohol compliance.
  • Assist Municipal, State and Federal emergency agency personnel within the County.
  • Prepare and present crime prevention information.
  • Instruct and educate through the D.A.R.E. program the dangers of drugs to elementary students.
  • Responsible for the deployment of K-9 for apprehension of suspects, narcotic detection, and locating missing or wanted persons.
  • Serve court orders, conduct Sheriff’s sales of property- communicate with law firms and attorneys.
  • Serve outstanding warrants from Felony to Misdemeanor levels.
  • Dealing with the highly intoxicated and/or those under the influence of various types of chemicals.
  • Respond to drowning victims, assist in recovery of bodies and evidence retrieval.
  • Respond to high risk situations.
  • May assist with duties and responsibilities as outlined in the County Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan.


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement.
  • Law Enforcement Skills Academy training.
  • Minnesota POST License or eligible to be licensed at time of hire.
  • Valid driver’s license.