Deputy Sheriff I

West Chester, PA
Chester County Sheriff

Salary: $24.13 Hourly.

Position Summary:

The Deputy Sheriff I will be assigned to a great variety of tasks involving all functions of the Sheriff’s Office. These tasks will vary from prisoner transport and security to desk and administrative responsibilities, as listed below.

Essential Functions:

  • Protect the judge and courtroom personnel during criminal trials.
  • Maintain custody and control of prisoners.
  • Assist public and county employees.
  • Provide emergency medical care at the appropriate level of training.
  • Process background checks for firearm permits.
  • Process firearm renewals by retrieving data from PennDOT files.
  • Process revocation and suspension of firearm permits, including addressing and mailing.
  • Take photographs for firearm and passport applications.
  • Transport prisoners to and from the courthouse and control prisoners during trial.
  • Complete prisoner extraditions and transports.
  • Generate computer receipts.
  • Perform screening device monitor duties, when needed.
  • Assist law enforcement agencies, as needed.
  • Complete detailed and accurate reports or reportable incidents.
  • Perform sheriff sales.
  • Perform other duties, tasks and special projects, as required.


  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Successfully complete Act 2 Waiver training or Act 120 Police Academy training within one year from the date of hire. Training will be funded by the county with the stipulation that repayment is due for Act 2 training if county employment is ended within two years of training completion. Repayment for Act 120 Police Academy training is due if county employment is ended within three years of training completion.
  • Continuously maintain Act 2 certification after employment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Complete all state and Sheriff’s Office required certifications and/or qualifications.
  • Maintain firearms qualification.
  • Maintain CPR and EMS provider-level certifications.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgement.
  • Ability to remain focused on daily operations.
  • Ability to establish priorities.
  • Accurate and detail-oriented.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening test conducted at an HR-approved testing facility.
  • Must pass a pre-employment polygraph examination as directed by the Sheriff.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical fitness test as directed by the Sheriff.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Corrections or law enforcement background.
  • One year of customer service experience.
  • Prior law enforcement experience.
  • Prior military experience.
  • Knowledge of criminal and civil law.
  • Training in defensive and security tactics.
  • Emergency Medical First Aid certification.
  • Firearms qualification.
  • First aid and CPR training.
  • Easily adapts to changes in the work environment.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.