PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
930 TACOMA AVENUE S
TACOMA, WASHINGTON 98402
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Updated: August 23, 2021
Job Classification: Entry Level and Lateral Corrections Deputy
**Lateral Candidates DO NOT need to test with National Testing Network. If you are a current corrections deputy or corrections officer and are interested in a lateral opportunity, please contact Pierce County Civil Service at firstname.lastname@example.org**
If you plan on taking the REACT - Corrections/Corrections Deputy written exam for Corrections Deputy in another state, and that state or testing location does not offer the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) required for Washington State, please contact Civil Service at email@example.com to discuss options for the PAT.
Salary Information: $5,212 - $6,753/month
Benefit Information:Vacation leave: Upon completion of 13 pay cycles (approximately six months) employees receive six days of vacation leave. Vacation accrues at the rate of 12 days per year initially, up to a maximum of 30 days per year.Sick leave: Employees receive six days of sick leave upon completion of 13 pay cycles (approximately six months). Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one day per month.Holidays: Pierce County employees enjoy twelve paid holidays.Medical: Excellent choices of medical plans which include vision and prescription drug coverage are available for the employee and dependents. Dental: Choice of dental programs which include orthodontic coverage for the employee and dependents.Life insurance: County paid life insurance for all full time/full benefit employees is effective the first day of employment. Additional life insurance is available at the employee’s expense.Retirement: Pierce County employees participate in one of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems plans. Employees and the County contribute jointly to the plan.Social Security and Industrial Insurance: Employees are covered by Social Security and the State Industrial Insurance Act.In Addition: Pierce County offers its employees an Employee Assistance Program which includes legal service access, Deferred Compensation, a Wellness Program, access to a credit union, commute assistance including transit subsidies, a variety of on-going training programs, direct payroll deposit, access to long term disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.
Department Information: The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is a "full service agency" that provides law enforcement, jail, court security, civil processing services to all areas of unincorporated Pierce County and the contract cities of Edgewood and University Place. We serve the second largest county in the State of Washington with over 795,245 residents county wide, 372,545 of which live in unincorporated areas. Unincorporated areas in Pierce County include Parkland, Spanaway, Graham, South Hill, Frederickson, Purdy, Vaughn, Key Peninsula, and many of the areas surrounding the cities of Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Eatonville, and Roy. Our department consists of 300 commissioned officers that serve unincorporated areas, plus 6 commissioned officers in the City of Edgewood and 16 commissioned officers in the City of University Place. Our department is also comprised of 309 commissioned corrections officers and 61 civilian employees.
Become a part of a rapidly growing division with significant future career advancement potential. Work as a corrections deputy in indirect and direct supervision areas. Compete for a wide variety of specialized assignments:
In addition, we offer opportunities with additional duty assignments:
County Information: Pierce County boasts tremendous outdoor opportunities with miles of Puget Sound waterfront, Mt. Rainier National Park, 361 fresh-water lakes, alpine and cross-country skiing a short drive away and nationally ranked year-round golf courses in the vicinity, while also offering all the urban amenities. Major industries include health care, technology, agriculture, timber products and military installations. Pierce County is home to the City of Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, several suburban cities, small towns and rural communities as well as forests and farmlands. Pierce County’s moderate climate combined with a contrasting geography of water and mountains encourage a wealth of year round outdoor activities such as sailing, kayaking, fishing, skiing and hiking.
Job Description: This is work performed to provide care and custody of adult prisoners and to maintain order and discipline among the prisoners of the Pierce County Corrections and Detention Center, a maximum-security facility. Employees in this classification are responsible for the operation of the jail on a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week basis, and the direct and indirect supervision of inmates.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. This classification has a variety of physical requirements of varying degrees based on numerous differing work circumstances. Required physical activities include walking, standing, sitting, digital dexterity, talking, hearing and seeing. A Corrections Deputy may be exposed to physically confrontive situations, personal danger and bio-hazardous materials. A Corrections Deputy will assist in emergency situations, and must maintain physical ability to deal with physical confrontive or combative situations including use of reasonable force up to and including deadly force. Required physical activities during those times are running, jumping, twisting, balancing, climbing, crawling, kneeling, bending, stooping, crouching, reaching, lifting, carrying, dragging, throwing, pushing/pulling both objects and people. A Corrections Deputy must be able to clearly distinguish and identify colors, safely drive a vehicle with unassisted vision, accurately discharge a firearm (either hand) with unassisted vision, clearly and successfully discriminate electronic, mechanical and human sounds and operate required equipment in a safe and lawful manner for the protection/safety of the public, inmates, of self and of other employees.
Applicant Contact Person:Sherry Hieb, Civil Service Chief Examiner253firstname.lastname@example.org
Age: At least age 20 at time of appointment.
US Citizen: Yes or lawful permanent resident (at time of application) per RCW 41.14.100
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Valid Washington Driver’s License at time of appointment and be able to provide proof of insurability.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes, able to read and write English per RCW 41.14.100
Tattoo Policy: It is prohibited for members of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to have tattoos on their face, neck, head, ears, hands or wrists that are visible when wearing the authorized uniform or standard work attire. The exception is a single inconspicuous band tattoo on a single finger. Visible tattoos are prohibited if they are obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane or discriminatory in any way towards persons on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, age, gender, or disability.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Background Investigation: The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department conducts a background investigation on candidates for positions in the Sheriff’s Department. Such an investigation may include, but is not limited to:
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Standards on Illegal Drug Possession:
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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: PIERCE COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is the policy of Pierce County that no person shall be subjected to employment discrimination because of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.