Deputy Sheriff Level I

Shelby, NC
Cleveland County Sheriff

Position Summary:

Performs general duty law enforcement work to protect life and property in Cleveland County.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the County in a vehicle, on foot or by other means; serves a variety of civil and criminal papers;
  • Examines premises of unoccupied residences or buildings; detects unusual conditions;
  • May maintain surveillance and observation for stolen cars, missing persons, or suspects.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
  • Investigates possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence;
  • Performs investigative tasks, arrests and processes criminal suspects;
  • Presents findings in court.
  • Serves civil and criminal process papers;
  • Apprehends and processes criminal suspects and transports to County magistrate and/or County detention facilities;
  • Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information from or to report information to headquarters;
  • Maintains vehicle, weapons and other equipment in standard working order;
  • Transports inmates, mental patients and others to other jurisdictions, medical facilities, and other correctional or related facilities;
  • Prepares detailed records and reports of activities using prescribed methods;
  • Assists other law enforcement and emergency agencies in controlling emergency situations;
  • Advises the public on laws and local ordinances;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalence.
  • Must have NC Basic Law Enforcement certification prior to assuming duties as a sworn Deputy Sheriff;
  • Must possess a valid NC Drivers License and clean driving history;
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening, complete a medical examination by a licensed physician, including psychological testing and evaluation;
  • Must be 20 years of age prior to hire date;
  • Must be a US Citizen or possess Naturalization Certification, if applicable;
  • Must be able to pass our agency physical fitness test;
  • Must have a clean criminal record to include NO felony convictions;
  • Must not have had a DWI conviction within the past five years and no more than two in a lifetime;
  • Must have an Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable;
  • Must pass the firearm qualification with a score of 75 or better;
  • Must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays.