The Linn County Sheriff Department serves Iowa’s second largest county in population, covering the city of Cedar Rapids, 18 incorporated communities and 11 villages. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office handles law enforcement and civil processing, maintains a correctional facility and provisions for paramedic and rescue services.
If you would like to learn how to become a Linn County Iowa Sheriff’s Deputy, here is an overview of what to do:
- Minimum Standards For A Linn County Deputy Sheriff
- Civil Service Written Test and Agility Testing
- Interview with Linn County Sheriff Department
- Background Check, Medical Exam and Academy Training
Step 1. Minimum Standards for a Linn County Deputy Sheriff
Here are some of the basic qualifications and standards Linn County looks for in hiring deputy sheriffs to fill open jobs:
- United States citizen and resident of Iowa, or will become an Iowa resident when employed
- A high school graduate or possess a GED (an Associate’s Degree in a related field is preferred)
- Be 18 years of age
- Possess a valid and current Iowa driver’s license
- Vision that tests not less than 20-100 in either eye, that can be corrected to 20-20, along with normal color vision
- Normal hearing
- Meets physical standards necessary for the duties of a sheriff deputy
- Ability to read and write in the English language
- No drug or alcohol addition
- Is not opposed (through beliefs or conscience) to using reasonable force as necessary to fulfill duties
- Must pass the Civil Service Exam
- Successfully complete the training program
Step 2. Application
When the hiring process for Deputy Sheriff begins, the Civil Service Commission will publish announcements in local media outlets, as well as post online and on the Linn County website. Completed applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. the Friday, prior to the posted test date.
Applications for Deputy Sheriff are available at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in Cedar Rapids.
Prior to the Civil Service examination, you must submit:
- Completed application
- Photo of yourself
- Sealed transcripts for high school and college courses
Step 3. Civil Service Written Test and Agility Testing
Typically, the Civil Service test is given on the last Saturday in March or the first Saturday in April each year at the Kennedy High School cafeteria. The physical fitness test and the POST exam both take place on the same day. You must bring your photo driver’s license and your social security card to the testing site.
You will know that day if you pass the physical agility test. The results of the written Civil Service test are usually provided within ten (10) days. If you passed, you will be certified on the Civil Service List of candidates.
Step 4. Interview with Linn County Sheriff Department
When openings arise in the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, the Sheriff will contact the top candidates on the Civil Service list for an interview. A hiring decision will be made within five (5) days, and you will be notified whether or not you will be offered employment.
Step 5. Background Check, Medical Exam and Academy Training
If you are offered employment, you will be subject to an extensive background check, medical and psychological examination and drug testing. You will also be asked to enroll in and complete training, which takes place at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
The annual salary for a Linn County Deputy Sheriff is $43,077.