Deputy Sheriff I

Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Salary: $74,593.68-$90,685.37

Want to learn how to enforce the law and prevent crime?
Become a Deputy Sheriff I at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to starting salary up to $43.45/Hr.* ($90,685/Yr.), this position offers an additional hourly cash allowance (up to 80 hours per pay period), a generous benefits package, including wellness and professional development funds, opportunities for premium pay assignments, and automatic career advancement to Deputy Sheriff II. Candidates with English/Spanish bilingual skills and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply!

Salary $74,593.68 – $90,685.37

In the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Sheriff I’s learn how to patrol assigned areas, serve warrants, make arrests, and assist in preliminary criminal investigations. Deputies can be assigned to various work areas including: civil bureau, coroner, detention, investigation, prisoner transport, jailer, bailiff, and/or court security. They are required to work all shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

This entry, working-level position in the Deputy Sheriff job series is for individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Completed a California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved Basic Peace Officer Academy within the last three years
  • Are currently attending a California POST approved Basic Peace Officer Academy and will complete the Academy by December 31, 2018
  • Are out-of-state law enforcement officers possessing a California POST Basic Course Waiver (BCW)
    If you are an experienced Peace Officer, please apply to our separate Deputy Sheriff II recruitment.


Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. In order to qualify for this position, they must obtain a California POST BCW. Please review the Selection Procedure section of this job announcement for further information.

Deputy Sheriff I candidates must satisfactorily complete a California POST approved basic Law Enforcement Academy prior to appointment. Corrections Academy experience is not applicable.

Working in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

Serving the community since 1850, the Sheriff’s Office employs over 650 employees to protect and secure the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County. With more than 30 different highly-trained and specialized units, you can be confident that a career with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office will be anything but monotonous.

After being hired and receiving appropriate training, Deputies are often assigned to the Patrol Division, a part of the Law Enforcement Division. The patrol force operates out of the main office of the Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa, two substations located in Guerneville, in the Sonoma Valley, as well as two contracted police stations in the Town of Windsor (Windsor Police Department) and the City of Sonoma (Sonoma Police Department). Currently, patrol shifts are based on a 12-hour work day.

A variety of specialty assignments are also available in the Sheriff’s Office. Assignments such as bomb disposal, SWAT team, hostage negotiator, training officer, dog handler, helicopter observer, internal affairs, background investigators, and detective. Specialty assignments are made on a “most qualified” basis and are entitled to premium pay. To learn more about these assignments, and how we serve the community, please visit the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office website.


Minimum Qualifications
Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.

Experience: None

Special Qualifications: Incumbents must have satisfactorily completed a California P.O.S.T. approved basic Law Enforcement Academy prior to appointment.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license and a good driving record.

Background Requirement: Incumbents shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state, nor be under current formal probation supervision.

Citizenship Requirement: Permanent resident aliens who wish to be employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship prior to application for such employment. Permanent resident aliens must cooperate with the U.S. Department of immigration in meeting all requirements for U.S. citizenship, or he or she shall be disqualified for peace officer status.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enforced by the department; the geography and topography of Sonoma County; modern procedures and methods employed in crime detection and investigation; general police practices and techniques; court procedures in criminal and civil trials; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; first aid methods and their applications; the use and care of firearms.

Ability to: learn and apply laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enforced by the department; enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially and to deal courteously with the general public; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions and to take appropriate action in emergencies; understand and follow written and oral directions; speak and write effectively.