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Department, city, state

Position: Patrol | Type: Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Application Status: Open

March 15, 2023

Expiration Date: 

Sign on bonus:

Academy salary: 

$7,103 monthly

Salary range: 

$7,103 - $8,631 monthly


Recruiter Name:

Peter Peringer-Batten

Recruiter Phone:


Recruiter Email:

Department Info:

Since 1850, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has been serving and protecting the people of Sonoma County by providing law enforcement and detention services. With more than 650 dedicated professionals, we are responsible for covering a service area of more than 1,700 square miles and a population of half a million.

In partnership with our communities, we’re committed to providing professional, firm, fair, and compassionate public safety services with integrity and respect. Join us and be part of a team that includes nearly 250 deputy sheriffs, more than 200 correctional deputies and approximately 200 support staff. And with more than 30 different highly-trained and specialized units, you’ll find a career with real potential for growth and advancement.


  • Promotion to Deputy Sheriff I ($89,850-$109,198/year), upon successful completion of the academy

  • Promotion to Deputy Sheriff II ($98,971-$120,280/year), upon successful completion of one year as a Deputy Sheriff I

  • The County pays 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when  working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary  increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the  top of the salary range

  • Additional premiums for specialty assignments and POST Intermediate and Advanced Certificates, up to 10% of base salary

  • Bilingual pay for Fluent and Basic proficiency skills set at $.90  cents per hour, and $.45 cents per hour for Basic speaking level

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities

  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year

  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

Hiring Incentives

The Sheriff's Office is currently offering a $25,000 signing bonus  paid over three installments during the first three years of service.

Other incentives which may be offered, if applicable, include:

  • Advanced paid vacation and/or sick leave (up to 24 hours per leave type)

  • Relocation reimbursement up to $5,000


  • Age: 18+ years

  • Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.

  • Experience: None


Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.

Experience: None

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License and a good driving record.

Background Requirement: Incumbents shall not have  been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any  federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any  federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in  this state, nor be under current formal probation supervision.

Citizenship Requirement: Permanent resident aliens who wish to be  employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship prior to  application for such employment. Permanent resident aliens must  cooperate with the U.S. Department of immigration in meeting all  requirements for U.S. citizenship, or he or she shall be disqualified  for peace officer status.


Ability to: understand and follow oral and written  directions, and to speak and write effectively; read, learn,, and  understand various laws, policies, rules, procedures, law enforcement  techniques and first aid; analyze situations and/or problems and to  rationally and calmly take quick, effective action in emergency and  stress situations; undergo strenuous physical training; successfully  complete a structured academic training program as required to  successfully complete law enforcement recruit academy.

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