Deputy Sheriff

Grand Marais, MN
Cook County Sheriff

Salary: $29.67 / Hour.

Position Summary:

Enforces laws, rules, and ordinances to ensure that the public is safe and property is protected. Responds to calls for assistance. Executes the will of the court in civil and criminal matters. Possesses all of the statutory, public responsibilities, and authorities of the Sheriff.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols roadways, lakes, and trails on private and public property by vehicle, foot, snowmobile, boat, and aircraft. Observes for any traffic offenses, crimes against persons or property, unsafe behavior, suspicious or unusual activity, and safety concerns.
  2. Responds to calls for service such as: death, medical emergencies, crimes against people and property, safety concerns, and public nuisances.
  3. Takes action appropriate to the situation, such as: apprehending and arresting suspects, correcting or controlling hazardous situations, protecting victims, providing first aid, assisting emergency response personnel, conducting search/rescue operations, preventing self-damage or suicide, halting unwanted behavior, controlling a crime scene, and choosing appropriate actions including the use of force.
  4. Investigates all calls for service and observed incidents. Interviews witnesses, suspects, and victims. Takes photos, impressions of tracks and/or marks, dusts for fingerprints, collects physical evidence, sketches crime scenes, documents fleeting evidence, and conducts surveillance. Coordinates the intervention and involvement of other agencies as needed.
  5. Documents all calls for service and observed incidents through written reports that include actions taken, procedures followed, facts collected, force used, and evidence collected. Completes appropriate federal, state, county, and local forms.
  6. Serves as an arm of the court. Serves or executes all criminal and civil writs, arrest warrants, search warrants, summons, and other processes, and certifies same to court.
  7. Transports adult and juvenile prisoners from arrest location to/from jail, court, detention facilities, and medical facilities. Transports mentally ill, disabled, or inebriated individuals to appropriate treatment facilities.
  8. Testifies in civil and criminal court cases.
  9. Processes inmates into county jail. Books, fingerprints, and photographs inmates. Searches prisoners, evaluates medical needs, inventories and protects personal belongings, and checks criminal histories.
  10. Physically and verbally controls inmates. Monitors and escorts prisoners, supervises visits. Conducts jail cell searches.
  11. Prepares for shift by reviewing reported calls for service, dispatcher’s log, teletypes, and faxes. Reviews and responds to supervisor’s memos, attorney’s memos, and messages.
  12. Operates and maintains vehicles, computers, radar, PBT, intoxilyzer, camera, firearms, radios, sirens, and emergency lighting. Documents all calibrations and maintains qualifications for use of equipment.
  13. Attends training sessions as required. Maintains and demonstrates proficiency with required skills such as firearm use, pursuit driving, defensive tactics, and use of force. Attends classes regarding new and revised laws, policies, and procedures.
  14. Conducts jail tour. Speaks to student groups, DARE classes, and the general public on various law enforcement and safety issues. Coordinates and/or assists with community education events.


  • Associate’s degree in criminal justice or related field. (for evaluation purposes, range of experience will vary based on years of service for the job class) Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Satisfactory completion of job-related health and psychiatric evaluations.
  • Ability to perform strenuous job-related tasks.
  • Ability to work independently in remote, isolated areas in all types of weather.
  • Ability to make critical decisions without immediate supervision or counsel regarding the use of force, health and safety of self and others, and civil and criminal liability.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • POST certification as a licensed Peace Officer in Minnesota.
  • Ability to become certified in CPR, First Aid, and medication distribution.