Employment Opportunitites and Information

In Walla Walla County, applicants for Deputy Sheriff must first take a written and physical test administered by Public Safety Testing, a company that specializes in testing for public safety positions. The physical test is pass/fail and the written test is scored much in the same manner as a high school or college examination. For more information on Public Safety Testing, or to schedule a test, click here.

When an opening arises for a Deputy Sheriff position, the Walla Walla County Civil Service Commission will request a list of top-scoring candidates from Public Safety Testing. The Commission next administers an oral board examination using a panel from the Sheriff’s Office, and a member of the Civil Service Commission (usually the chief examiner). The written and oral board scores are combined, with greater weight given to the oral test score.

The three applicants with the highest combined scores are listed in alphabetical order and provided to the Sheriff. The Sheriff will then selct an applicant to process for the position, which includes a polygraph, psychological examination, medical examination, and thorough background check.

The Sheriff may select only from the list of three or decline to select anyone. (If there is more than one vacancy, the size of the list is expanded and more than one selection may be made from the expanded list).

Within six months of hire, all entry level Deputies must attend Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Please direct any questions to Angela Weston at aweston@co.walla-walla.wa.us


Lateral Deputy Sheriff Hiring Process

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office welcomes sworn law enforcement officers who wish to apply for lateral transfer to our office.

You must have graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy (CJTC) for law enforcement. If you have not, you must be able to challenge the process for an equivalency certification consistent with the requirements stated in WAC 139.05.210.  Consistent with the requirements stated in WAC 139.05.210, eligibility for attendance in Equivalency Academy will be determined by CJTC, based on academy repiprocity.


Return your completed employment application, assessment form, completed waiver, resume, and a check or money order for $15 (payable to Civil Service Commission), to:

Walla Walla County Civil Service Commission
Angela Weston, Secretary Examiner
PO Box 1506
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Please direct any questions to Angela Weston at aweston@co.walla-walla.wa.us or leave a message at (509)524-2506 and your call will be returned.


Other Civil Service Positions

Other positions at Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office may include Office Assistant- Support Services Clerk I, II and III, Crime Analyst Technician, and/or other clerical and civilian positions. In an effort to be congruous in our transparent hiring processes, these positions are also hired through the Walla Walla County Civil Service Commission. The lists below show the individuals that met the testing criteria and oral interview requirements for the positions indicated. These lists are compiled by the Civil Service Commission and held for use by the Sheriff's Office when an open position exists.


Civil Service Commission Rule of Three List

Job Description Post Date Closing Date