Deputy Sheriff

Charlotte, MI
Eaton County Sheriff

$45,968.00 – $61,422.00 Annually

General Summary
As a law enforcement officer, regularly patrols the County to safeguard lives and property and enforce local, State and Federal laws. Responds to a variety of calls requiring law enforcement and serves as a deterrent to crime by presence in assigned area. Work is performed under direct supervision of the Shift Commander, which is usually a Sergeant.

New employees hired prior to January 31, 2023, will be eligible for a $1,500 recruiting stipend after 6 months of employment with the County.

Employees hired after February 1, 2023, are eligible to receive a retention stipend of $2,500 if they remain employed as of July 31, 2023. Employees who remain employed through January 31, 2024, will receive an additional $2,500.


Essential Functions

  1. Reports to accident scenes to render first aid to the injured, route traffic around scene and investigate the cause of the accident.
  2. Appears in court to present evidence on cases.
  3. Operates speed measuring devices to detect motor vehicle operators exceeding legal speed limit.
  4. Serves subpoenas and other court documents, both criminal and civil.
  5. Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  6. Climb over obstacles, climb through openings, jump down from elevated surfaces; jump over obstacles, ditches and streams; and crawl in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.
  7. Communicate effectively over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications, often under adverse conditions such as siren usage and high speed vehicle operations.
  8. Communicate verbally and effectively by listening to people and by giving information, directions and commands.
  9. Conduct searches of buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time and which requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.
  10. Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time. Detect foreign odors and fumes such as smoke, fire, gasoline and toxic and/or non-toxic chemicals and odors such as alcohol and marijuana.
  11. Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue operations, pursue a suspect or answer an emergency call.
  12. Exercise independent judgment within legal guidelines, to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  13. Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, confidential informants and protecting crime scene.
  14. Load, unload, aim and fire handguns, shotguns, rifles and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.
  15. Manage interpersonal conflicts to maintain order.
  16. Operate an emergency vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits while exercising due care and caution and in exception to traffic control devices and in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions and environmental conditions such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  17. Perform law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.
  18. Perform tasks which require lifting, carrying, or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue or general patrol functions.
  19. Perform searches of persons which involve touching and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.
  20. Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  21. Pursue fleeing suspects on foot both day and night in unfamiliar terrain.
  22. Read and comprehend rules, regulations, policies, procedures and the law for the purposes of ensuring appropriate officer behavior/response and performing enforcement activities involving the public.
  23. Subdue resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactics maneuvers and approved non-lethal weapons.
  24. Be able to function effectively while wearing a gas mask and body armor.
  25. Use body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.

Other Functions:

  1. Checks business establishments after work hours and homes of residents on vacation to ensure proper security.
  2. Cooperates with other local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies to exchange information, participate in the Michigan Blockade System and criminal investigations.
  3. Reports departmental property and equipment requiring maintenance or repair to the commanding officer.
  4. As a certified Breathalyzer operator, administers breath tests to drivers suspected of OUIL to determine blood alcohol content.
  5. Inspects liquor establishments to ensure compliance with State law.
  6. As an experienced law enforcement officer, is responsible for the training of probationary police officers after appropriate training in Department approved method.
  7. Performs County Courthouse security and enforcement duties.
  8. works as a Corrections Officer on a temporary, fill-in basis and in emergencies.
  9. Performs other related duties as directed by a higher authority.

This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or modified at any time.

Minimum Qualifications

Prefer at least an associate’s degree in law enforcement or related field experience.

Prior experience as a law enforcement officer is desirable but not required.

Other Requirements:

  • Must meet the MCOLES requirements for certification or already be MCOLES certified or be eligible for recertification under MCOLES guidelines.
  • Possess normal hearing.
  • Height and weight in relation to each other as indicated by accepted medical standards.
  • Be free from an impediments of the senses, physically sound and in possession of extremities.
  • Possess normal color vision.
  • Possess 20/20 corrected vision in each eye.
  • Possess normal visual functions in each eye.

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.


Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

Physical Requirements:
[This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements]:

  1. Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects: In additional, an occasion during emergency situations will have to move unconscious people out of hazardous situations.
  2. Reaching, Handling, Fingering and/or Feeling: (Reaching – Extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction). (Handling – Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands (fingering not involved.) (Fingering – Picking, pinching or otherwise working with fingers primarily (rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.) (Feeling – Perceiving attributes or objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by means of receptors in skin, particularly those of finger tips.)
  3. Talking and/or Hearing: (Talking – Expressing or exchanging ideas by meas of spoken word.) (Hearing – Perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)
  4. Seeing: The ability to perceive the nature of objects by the eye. The important aspects of vision are:
  • Acuity, far – clarity of vision at 20 feet or more.
  • Acuity, near – Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Depth Perception – Three-dimensional vision. Ability to judge distance and space relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are.
  • Field of vision – Area that can be seen up and down or to right and left while eyes are fixed on a given point.
  • Accommodation – Adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus. This item is especially important when doing near-point work at varying distances from eye.
  • Color Vision – Ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Worker must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job at night as well as during the day and specifically must be free from a condition commonly referred to as “night blindness”.

Working Conditions:
The employee is subject to both environmental conditions; activities occur inside and outside in approximately equal amounts.

Hazards: Conditions or situations in which there is danger to life, health or bodily injury. This category includes a variety of physical hazards, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical shock, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to burns and radiant energy, exposure to all types of explosives and exposure to toxic chemicals and biological agents.

Boat, patrol car, patrol wagon, smoke ejectors, axe, chisel, crowbar, firearms, handcuffs, hose nozzle, alarms, call box, camera, hydrant, radio, respirator, telephone equipment, caution sign, ladder, map, protective clothing, ticket book, computers, do-rites. Optical scanners, electronic equipment, tape recorder, charts, diagrams, Federal and State statute books, reference books.