Deputy Sheriff

821 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA Req #938
Monday, February 13, 2023

Interested in joining Milwaukee County? Milwaukee County is searching for authentic people who are out to change the game and bring their whole selves to work every day.


Milwaukee County oversees operations from our Airport, Behavioral Health, Child Support Enforcement, Combined Court Operations, Sheriffs Department, House of Corrections, Human Services, Parks, Public Safety, Public Works, Fleet Operations, Transportation, and at the Zoo. Our departments are also dedicated to our Seniors in the Department on Aging, those with Disabilities, and Veterans Affairs. Our employees also remain committed to serve the cultural, human, recreational and social needs of the entire community.

Milwaukee County offers a wide variety of interesting jobs for people who want to make a difference in our community. Milwaukee County provides a competitive benefit package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  If disability related accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Come and join our team and discover our diverse and versatile community of independent spirits and unique talents, we are redefining the way you think about Milwaukee County!

Closing Date: March 3, 2023



Deputy Sheriff

Full-time, Hourly

Hourly Range: $27.74 - $36.28


***Eligibility List: This recruitment will be used to create an Eligibility List for current and future openings. Select applicants will receive initial communications via email which will provide next steps (PHQ). Candidates that do not receive communications shortly after the posting has closed may be considered for upcoming vacancies.***


*** Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): Select applicants will receive initial communications via email which will provide a link for further instructions regarding the PHQ. Please make sure to additionally check your spam/junk email folders as sometimes unrecognized emails will filter to those folders automatically.*** 


Job Summary: Under general supervision, perform a variety of duties and tasks related to the protection of life, limb, and property.  Including law enforcement and crime prevention work; inherent in this work is the investigation of crime and forceful apprehension of criminal suspects.

Job Duties

  • Under General supervision, perform a variety of law enforcement duties.
  • To patrol Milwaukee County roads in car or on foot.
  • To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling in car and on foot assigned area including traffic, parking, crowd control, answering calls for service and investigating crimes.
  • To interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; to interrogate suspects; to gather and preserve evidence.
  • To keep records, prepare reports and testify in court.
  • To make arrests as necessary.
  • To prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and incidents observed.
  • To apply force, up to and including deadly force, to effect arrests and maintain order.
  • To maintain custody of county charges and prisoners during examinations, hearings, hospital intensive security directed missions, trials, or during conveyance to State or County institutions.
  • To work in the county court system as a bailiff and to preserve peace and order in the court at all times.
  • To attend in-service training as mandated by the State of Wisconsin or as directed.
  • To perform duties in a special assignment capacity as assigned; to work within a strict, chain of command military-style structure.
  • To serve warrants, subpoenas, and civil documents.
  • To participate in specialized units.
  • To provide emergency medical care as required as a Law Enforcement First Responder.

Equipment, Tools, and Materials

During the completion of job duties the following are equipment, tools, and materials utilized: motor vehicle, police radio, First Aid, AED equipment, personal computer, firearms, and handcuffs.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Continuous utilization of fine dexterity function, manual dexterity function, and upper extremity repetitive motion function.  Frequent standing, walking, running, sitting, reaching, climbing, driving, bending, kneeling, lifting and/or carrying 100 lbs. or more, and pushing and/or pulling 200 lbs. or more. Must meet hearing and vision standards. Occasional typing necessary.

Non-Physical Demands: Continuous analysis and reasoning, communication and interpretation, math and mental computation, reading, sustained mental activity including but not limited to auditing, problem solving, composing reports, etc.  Frequent writing necessary.

Environmental Demands:  Very frequent task changes, tedious and exacting work, public contact, physical danger, toxic substances.  Frequent contact with dust, temperature extremes, and loud noises.

Work Schedule:  Considerable irregularity of hours due to frequent overtime, weekend, or shift rotation.  Regular and/or frequent on-call availability.  Nature of work frequently requires irregular, unpredictable, or particularly long hours.

Note: Candidates should expect to be assigned to all shifts, holidays and weekends and/or to work mandatory overtime. Candidates must successfully complete the Deputy Sheriff Training Program. This position is subject to a probationary period of 2600 hours of straight time hours paid, excluding overtime.

This position requires qualifying with a service weapon on a regular basis and successful completion of Law Enforcement Training Courses. Individuals offered employment must pass a pre-employment drug test, medical examination, physical agility test and psychological examination as a condition of employment.

Demands/Deadlines:  High volume and variable work demands and deadlines impose strain on a routine basis or considerable stress intermittently.  Regular direct contacts with distressed individuals within the immediate work environment. Exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.  Work requires frequent, substantive contacts with people in highly stressful situations. Delicacy and unpredictability of contacts routinely creates considerable strain or heavy stress regularly. ​

Physical Fitness Assessment

All applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform the physical aspects of the Deputy Sheriff position by successfully completing a physical assessment consistent with the State of Wisconsin LESB standards prior to admission into the Sheriff’s training academy and at the time of exit from the Sheriff’s training academy.

The entrance admission exam is comprised of the following elements and standards:

  1. 1.5 Mile Run to be completed in 20 minutes, 20 seconds or less.
  2. 300 Meter Run to be completed in 82 seconds or less.
  3. Minimum of 18 Push-Ups completed.
  4. 24 Sit-Ups completed within one (1) minute.
  5. Vertical Jump of at least 11.5 inches.
  6. Agility Run completed within 23.4 seconds.

The academy exit exam is comprised of the following elements and standards:

  1. 1.5 mile run completed in 16 minutes and 57 seconds or less.
  2. 300 meter run to be completed in 68 seconds or less.
  3. Minimum of 23 Push-Ups completed.
  4. Minimum of 30 Sit-Ups completed in one (1) minute.
  5. Vertical Jump of at least 14 inches.
  6. Agility Run completed within 19.5 seconds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Skill in reading and comprehending written material; oral and written communication skills; ability to gain the respect and control the behavior of offenders; ability to take prompt and decisive action in emergency situations; ability to restrain combative subjects; ability to maintain a positive attitude and emotional control; ability work with computers; ability to follow work procedures and rules; ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others.

Preferred Education

Associate’s degree or higher in an interdisciplinary field that incorporates the study of law, psychology, sociology, public administration, police sciences, criminal justice, or business; Any Postgraduate level degree, regardless of discipline; Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) certification or completion of Law Enforcement 720 hour Academy. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum age of 21
  • United States Citizenship at time of appointment
  • Current residency in the State of Wisconsin
  • High School Diploma or Wisconsin GED that meets Wisconsin GED standards
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License at time of application and maintained during incumbency
  • Possession of an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university OR must attain a minimum of sixty (60) college level credits from an accredited college/university within five (5) years of of initial law enforcement employment
  • Physically able to perform the duties of a Deputy Sheriff
  • Successful completion of the Office of the Sheriff Background Investigation

Note: This Original Examination is open to current residents of the State of Wisconsin. In accordance with Rule III section 11 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of a review of candidate materials, education and related experience.

Milwaukee County is committed to fostering an equitable working environment, free from discrimination and harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. We prohibit any form of discrimination, harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, pregnancy related condition, national origin, age, disability, FMLA status, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, or any other category or status that is now or in the future protected by federal, state, and local law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Effective October 1, 2021 Milwaukee County implemented a Vaccine Mandate requiring all Milwaukee County employees to meet the vaccine requirements of either being fully vaccinated or having an approved COVID exemption for a medical or religious accommodation at time of hire. This is not a condition of employment at time of hire for new employees starting as a Correctional Officer or Deputy Sheriff with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office; however failure to meet the Milwaukee County Vaccine Mandate after hire may be subject to employment related consequences. 

Other details

  • Job Family 4 - Police Protection
  • Job Function 4 Protective Service Workers
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
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  • 821 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA