Franklin County Sheriff Department Jobs

Franklin County Deputy Sheriff jobs may involve working in the courts or in the correctional system.  Franklin County Deputy Sheriff jobs usually start out working in corrections, and then you will have the opportunity to move on to other areas. In order to become a Franklin County Sheriff Deputy, you must pass extensive testing and interviews. After this rigorous process, you may be chosen for one of the Franklin County Sheriff Department jobs.

This article will offer instructions on how to become a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy in five steps:

  1. Verify you meet the main qualifications
  2. Pass a physical abilities test
  3. Pass a background check, interview and polygraph test
  4. Pass medical and psychological examinations
  5. Attend the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy


Step 1.  Meet the Main Qualifications to Become a Franklin County
Deputy Sheriff

There are some basic requirements you must fulfill before applying for candidacy as a Franklin County Sheriff Deputy. They are:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Speak, read and write English
  • Although you need not have a degree, preference will be given to applicants who have at least an associate’s degree in law enforcement
  • Pass an entry-level pre-employment examination. If you pass this, you will be instructed to fill out an application with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Step 2. Pass a Physical Abilities Test

Next, you may be selected to take a Physical Abilities Test. In this test, you must do as many push-ups and sit-ups as you can in one minute, and complete a 1.5 mile run in the fastest time possible. You will be judged against gender and age standards. If you pass this test, you will move on to Step 3.

Step 3. Pass a Background Investigation, Interview and Polygraph Test

Now you will be subjected to a full background investigation, including photographing and fingerprinting you. A full criminal, civil, personal, employment and educational history will be explored. If any of the following are discovered in the background check, you will be barred from the hiring process:

  • you have been found to lie during the selection process
  • you have a history of domestic violence
  • you have three or more involuntary firings from jobs in the past five years
  • you have an OMVI traffic conviction within the past five years
  • you have more than one OMVI conviction as an adult
  • you have four moving violations in the past three years
  • you have been convicted of a gambling offense in the past five years
  • you have a pattern of theft over the past five years over $500
  • you have any felony convictions
  • you have any M-1 or M-2 misdemeanor convictions in the past five years or more than one in your lifetime
  • you have a drug history

If you pass the background check, you may be invited to interview with members of the Franklin County Sheriff Department. Your suitability for the position of Deputy Sheriff will be addressed in this interview. If you pass, you must take a lie detector test.

Passing all of the above will earn you a conditional offer of employment, based upon the results of the next steps. 

Step 4. Pass Physical and Psychological Testing

A full physical exam will be performed to make sure that you are physically able to perform the duties of a Deputy Sheriff in Franklin County. You must also pass a psychological examination. If you pass both of these exams, you will be given a firm offer of employment as a Deputy Sheriff in Franklin County.

Step 5. Attend Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy

Congratulations! You are now a Franklin County Sheriff Deputy! You will receive five weeks of training at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy and will initially be placed in the correctional system to work. After a while, you may be offered peace officer training at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), which also involves become a certified Peace Officer. This will give you more powers as a Deputy Sheriff including the power to arrest.

As of March 2013, the starting salary for a Deputy Sheriff in Franklin County is $42,619.20 per year. You will be rewarded for staying with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Pay steps for a Deputy Sheriff in Franklin County are:

  • Year 2:  $47,736
  • Year 3:  $54,080
  • Year 4:  $71,344

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