Deputy Sheriff (Detention and Lateral Patrol)

Fallon, NV
Churchill County Sheriff's Office

Churchill County Sheriff

Churchill County (located in Fallon, NV) is accepting applications for law enforcement positions at the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office. Apply today for a lateral position as a Patrol Deputy. Or, if you are looking to start your career in law enforcement, apply for Deputy Sheriff – Detention.

This is a continuous recruitment and periodic testing will be conducted. Apply online at

$55,494.40 to start, Annually (not including overtime and other pay) – Deputy Detention
$57,241 to $77,00 Annually (not including overtime and other pay) – Deputy Patrol (Lateral)

Position Summary

Churchill County is looking to add to our successful and impactful team at the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office. Consider a career in law enforcement, where you can serve our community in a lifelong career in a meaningful way. We are actively recruiting for Deputy Sheriff positions in the adult detention center and on Patrol. We are seeking people who are committed to Churchill County and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the community and to the department. Successful applicants must live within a 35-mile radius of the Sheriff’s Office within 3 months after their hire date. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding job and you can pass a rigorous background investigation, this may be the position for you! Deputy Sheriffs must work a variety of shifts and interact with individuals from various socio- economic backgrounds in a variety of unique situations. They must be assertive and willing and able to make quick decisions under stressful circumstances.

Previous POST certification for a Detention Deputy is not required. Churchill County provides training and certification opportunities for properly qualified and motivated applicants.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Interested applicants must apply online at Once you apply, you will be contacted via email and asked to register for the testing.

The posted wage is only part of the compensation. In addition to the salary paid, the county contributes an additional 50.00% into PERS on the employee’s behalf (value of $13.34/hour or $27,700 annually). In addition, the employee will not contribute to Social Security, resulting in an additional 6% in take-home pay (an equivalent of $1.60/hour or $3,300 annually). The county also pays 100% for employee-only health insurance premiums (equivalent to $5.21/hour or $11,050 annually). Employees in these positions will also receive full accruals of vacation leave (8 hours per month) and sick leave (10 hours per month). These employees also receive 8 hours for pay for paid holidays.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or obtain GED. Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification required for Patrol Deputy. For Detention Deputy, POST certification is not required prior to being hired. Churchill County is looking for candidates who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the department and the community.

MINIMUM AGE: 21 years old by time of appointment [per NAC (Nevada Administrative Code) 289.110]

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: In addition to the minimum requirements and the job duties listed for this position, the following are required; sufficient mobility to handle altercations and work in a police setting and use standard equipment required of the job, vision to read printed materials and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. NO accommodation can be made for these physical demands. NOTE: Applicants must submit to a pre-placement physical.

VISION AND HEARING: Must have normal hearing and color vision. Must have normal functions and visual acuity corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and not less than 20/25 in the lesser eye.

DRIVER’S LICENSE: Must have a Nevada Driver’s license by time of appointment.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Candidates will be required to take a pre-employment drug test, truthfulness verification examination, psychological examination, and must submit to an extensive background investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Department. Candidates are also required to pass an extensive medical examination prescribed by the department and the heart and lung examination required by NAC 617.040; .050; .060 and .070 prior to hiring and annually thereafter. Persons rejected as a result of these examinations will be removed from the eligible list.

SPECIAL NOTE: Employees must be willing to work overtime, shifts, weekends and holidays. Employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of a one year probationary period and a field training program.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Required Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques of public relations and customer service.
  • County, State, and federal laws, statutes, ordinances and court decisions related to police activities. Principles and practices of effective interrogation.
  • Criminal investigation principles, practices and techniques. Weaponry and associated safety practices.
  • Safety and security policies and procedures. First aid and basic CPR methods.
  • County geography.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment. Communicating effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Computers utilizing standard and specialized software applications.
  • Techniques for techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone; often where relations may be confrontational or strained.

Skill in:

  • Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
  • Remaining calm and taking appropriate action in tense situations.
  • Making rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines. Monitoring and maintaining the safety and security of detainees and facilities.
  • Understanding and following oral and written directions.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines. Organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.
  • Effectively listening to, communicating with, and eliciting information from upset, emotional and irate individuals.
  • Dealing successfully with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in a typical detention facility setting and use standard office equipment; strength and agility to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and physically restrain detainees; stamina to walk and stand for extended periods of time; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Work is subject to performance in violent, traumatic or highly charged emotional environments. Incumbent is subject to exposure to blood and air borne diseases, verbal abuse, and physical harm.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.
  2. New employees are required to submit to a background investigation and if hired for a safety-sensitive position, a drug/alcohol Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug/alcohol screen (if applicable).
  3. Churchill County participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS, with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work All candidates who are offered employment must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made.