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The Spokane County Civil Service office is now located at 6011 N. Chase Rd., Newman Lake, WA 99025. Click here for directions.

Civil Service Employment

Civil Service is charged with the recruitment, testing, hiring and promotion of all Sheriff's Office employees under Chapter 41.14 RCW.
The Civil Service Commission sits as a judicial board to conduct hearings and investigations in accordance with Chapter 41.14 RCW; to hear and determine appeals or complaints from employees or applicants in such matters as may be referred to the Commission.
The public Civil Service Commission meeting is held at 2:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, in the Training Room, Human Resources Building, 1229 W Mallon Ave, Spokane, WA 99260.  If the office is closed for holiday, the meeting will be held the following day. If the meeting location is changed, the location will be posted on the website.

Currently Open For Application

  • Deputy Sheriff-Entry Level
  • Deputy Sheriff-Intermediate Lateral
  • Deputy Sheriff-Lateral Entry
  • Communications Officer (Radio Dispatcher)
  • Communications Officer-Lateral
  • Forensic Lead Specialist
  • Sheriff's Crime Information Analyst
  • Sheriff's Technical Assistant 2
  • Sheriff's Technical Assistant 3



INFORMATION FOR ENTRY LEVEL DEPUTY AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (RADIO DISPATCH) APPLICANTS - Spokane County Civil Service has teamed up with Public Safety Testing for the initial testing for our Entry Level Deputy and Communications Officer (Radio Dispatch) positions. All applicants must register and test with Public Safety Testing before proceeding with a Spokane County Application.

Please register for a Public Safety Test near you by clicking here.

Further information about Civil Service openings is available on the Job Opportunities page of the Spokane County website. 

ATTENTION DEPUTY SHERIFF  LATERAL & INTERMEDIATE LATERAL APPLICANTS: Along with submitting a Spokane County NEOGOV application, all lateral applicants must take a physical ability test either through Public Safety Testing (PST) or directly with the Spokane County Sheriff's office (if one is scheduled). If the applicant chooses to register for a PST physical ability test, please call Spokane County Civil Service at 509.477.4711 for a promotional code to use during your registration. This promo code is only valid for Lateral applicants.


There are many benefits in being a Deputy Sheriff with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Please click here for more information.




 Employees of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office hold positions of high public trust. It is imperative all employees conduct themselves both on and off-duty in such a manner that does not bring disrepute on this office, or the professional image of law enforcement.

These essential functions are based upon universal management rights and expectation of all employees to:
  1. Be available for work when scheduled and on a regular and predictable basis.
  2. Be aware of and comply with lawful organizational directives i.e., rules, regulations, policies, procedures and practices.
  3. Be mentally and physically prepared for work.
  4. Adjust to change in a professional and respectful manner.
  5. Respond in a professional manner to management’s directives.
  6. Use work time to be productive.
  7. Strive to maintain a harmonious work relationship with other personnel, agencies, and community partners.
Maintain performance standards in the following categories:
1.       Unauthorized absenteeism
2.       Compliance with directives
3.       Work productivity
Employees who hold this job classification may be removed with or without personal fault. Reductions in work force, the employee’s inability to perform competently in any of the essential functions, duties or responsibilities, grossly substandard work performance, error, and work productivity may be reasons for termination with or without fault. Intentional acts or inactions contrary to the Mission, Code of Ethics, Oath of Office, agency rules, policies, procedures and practices may be reasons for termination with fault.
NOTE: The Deputy Sheriff job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions, major duties/responsibilities, requisite job knowledge and abilities, work conditions and requirements of the position. Employees holding this position may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an employee be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodations for the specific disability will be made for the employee when possible.


Any person meeting the requirements of the classification may apply, when the position is open for application, without regard for race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability unless in accordance with a bona fide occupational qualification. Handicapped people who can meet the physical requirements of the classification will be considered on an individual basis.
This is a list of qualifications for entrance examination for employment in the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
All Applicants:
  • Must be a citizen of the United States who can read, write and speak the English language.
  • Must show proof of age (ex: driver’s license)
  • Must provide sealed official transcripts from the school of your highest level of education.
  • Veteran's preference granted in accordance with Washington State Law RCW 41.04.010. A copy of DD214 Member form 4 is required for veteran’s preference to be applied.
  • An individual may qualify to take the entrance examination for a classification which has a minimum age of 21 providing the individual will pass the minimum age birth date during the life of the eligible list established by that examination. A successful candidate will have delayed eligibility until the required minimum age is attained.
  • Must meet physical requirements of the Spokane County Civil Service Commission established and verified by the Sheriff's Office as job related.
  • A high rate of traffic violations and/or accidents or failure to pass the Washington State examination for driver's license may disqualify.
  • A criminal conviction may disqualify applicant.
  • Falsification of application will disqualify applicant.
  • Applicant must qualify through background review and will be required to complete a polygraph screening covering background and character. Must qualify on medical examination prior to appointment. Some positions require psychological evaluations.


All tests must be given under the jurisdiction of the Spokane County Civil Service Commission on dates shown on the official Notice of Examination.

Applying for a Job

The documents you will need to submit with every Spokane County Civil Service application include:
  • Copy of current driver's license (must be uploaded)
  • Validated typing test reaching 30 wpm or more after adjustment for errors- for Deputy Sheriff positions only
  • Sealed official transcripts from the school of your highest level of education (All transcripts must be sealed official copies. They cannot be uploaded with your application. Transcripts must be received in our office by the testing date.)
  • Copy of DD-214, Member Form 4, if applicable (upload) For Washington State Veteran's Preference information view RCW 41.04.010 as to how Veteran’s Preference is applied.  If you do not wish to use Veteran’s Preference points, you will be required to turn in a Waiver of Veteran's Preference Points.

Job Interest Card

If you don't see a job you are interested in, you may fill out a job interest card for notification when a position of interest is open for application.  The job opportunity notice will give test date and closing date for filing application.  Tests are given to establish eligible lists for each job classification. Hiring is from the eligible list in order of grade standing as positions become available or need arises. No applicant will be given final certification for appointment until the candidate has satisfactorily qualified on the pre-employment background interview, oral boards, polygraph screening, medical examination and/or psychological evaluation.

Contact Information

Be sure to keep contact information up to date, including your mailing address, phone number, and email address, as changes are made. If you cannot be contacted due to failure to update contact information in your profile, your name shall be removed from the register.

Civil Service Commission
6011 N. Chase Rd.
Newman Lake, WA 99025
(509) 477-4711