Deputy Sheriff

Huntsville, AL
Madison County Commission

Salary: $48,796.80 – $78,083.20 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Deputy Sheriff performs various duties and tasks related to protecting life, limb, and property. Under direction, performs field contact and general duty police work in the execution and enforcement of law and court orders. An employee in this class is responsible for the service of civil and criminal papers, investigation of crimes, enforcing laws, making arrests, and performing other duties as law enforcement officers and agents of the court. Work is performed independently within established policies and procedures and is reviewed by superiors through observation of the effectiveness of work performed and results through reports, observations, and discussions.

Essential Functions:

  • Operate patrol vehicles in an assigned geographical area.
  • Monitor and observe vehicular traffic, detect traffic offenses, and issue traffic citations as warranted.
  • Observe businesses and residences for criminal activity; check buildings for unauthorized entry; search structures and property for intruders; and investigate suspicious persons and events.
  • Respond to robberies, thefts, burglaries, homicides, etc. Administer first aid to injured, secure crime scenes, control and direct citizens at the scene, conduct interviews with complainants, victims, witnesses, and suspects, and gather material/physical evidence from the scene as required.
  • Respond to domestic disturbances, calm overly excited or agitated persons, and physically restrain unruly individuals.
  • Conduct interviews with complainants and witnesses, obtain relevant facts and information, and mediate and resolve complaints and disputes.
  • Make arrests, including subduing individuals with appropriate action and force as necessary, placing individuals into handcuffs or other restraining devices, searching vehicles and persons under arrest for weapons and contraband, and transporting arrested individuals to our detention facility.
  • Complete paperwork to incarcerate arrestees.
  • Assemble and prepare documentation and narrative reports, memorandums, miscellaneous, Incident/Offense, and activity reports.
  • Maintain issued equipment, materials, and supplies required to support daily operations.
  • Assists stranded motorists, directs traffic, transports prisoners, and escorts funerals.
  • Enforce court orders, including serving summons, subpoenas, eviction orders, Protection from Abuse, and executing arrest warrants when required.
  • Provide sworn testimony in court proceedings.
  • Operate computer terminals (MDT’s, laptops & desktops) to retrieve information and data.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned as needed.


  • High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, OR a General Education Development (GED) certificate issued by an appropriate state agency.
  • Have successfully completed or ability to successfully complete Basic Ability Test. The Basic Ability Test (BAT) is required of all applicants, with the exception of those already APOSTC certified, or those who possess an earned Associate’s Degree or higher from a college or university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age; must be U.S. Citizen or have proof of naturalization.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving either force, violence, or moral turpitude.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s license and be insurable by the Madison County Commission’s risk underwriters.
  • Must meet all APOST requirements for certification as Peace Officer.
  • Must be able to be certified in the use of Sheriff’s Department chemical munitions and meet all Department training requirements.
  • Must be able to pass a Computer Voice Stress Analysis test, criminal background check, drug screen, and Peace Officers physical examination.