Skye Mercer
HR Director

For General Questions:
Email: Click Here
P: (208) 446-1640

Physical Address:
451 Government Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 9000
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

   Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Career Opportunities

Now offering Detention Deputy and Control Room Operator Lateral & Relocation Bonuses!
See below for details

Not Just a Job, a Rewarding Career

"The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has a distinguished history as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the State of Idaho. We tenaciously cultivate our long history of being just and fair, as well as a good steward of the public's time and resources. I invite you to submit your application and join us in our rich tradition of excellence" - Sheriff Ben Wolfinger

Working for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office
(Watch below to see why the KCSO is such a great place to work!)

As one of the fastest growing and most beautiful counties in Idaho, Kootenai County is one of the best places to work in law enforcement. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office serves a population of 150,000 over roughly 1,310 square miles.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is led by Sheriff Ben Wolfinger and Undersheriff Dan Mattos. As of 2017, the Sheriff's Office employs 177 of sworn personnel and 121 non-sworn personnel. The commissioned ranks are (in ascending order) : Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Undersheriff, and Sheriff.

Kootenai County regularly recruits for the following positions (click here to view job descriptions):

  • Detention Deputy (entry level and lateral)

  • Emergency Communications Officer (911)

  • Patrol Deputy (entry level and lateral)

  • Civilian Positions

  • As an employer of choice, we offer:

    • Paid training and ongoing educational and advancement opportunities
    • Special teams: SWAT, K-9, Dive Rescue Team, Detention Response Team, and more
    • A pension plan with an 11.66% employer contribution and a lifetime payout upon vesting/retirement
    • Excellent and comprehensive benefits. For example, employee-only medical/dental/vision premium of only $38.50 per month.
    • Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program
    • GI Bill Programs: We are an "On-The-Job Training and Apprenticeship Certified Employer"

    Our Hiring Process

    The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office hiring process takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Here is an overview of the process for patrol and detention deputies.( Click here for a larger image of the workflow.)

    Written/Physical Testing

    Written and Physical testing results will be directly reported from PST to the Sheriff's Office once the applicant has successfully registered and completed testing. Please refer to step one in the hiring process chart above.

    Although the Sheriff's Office cannot endorse any specific testing preparation materials, some applicants have found the "ARCO Civil Service Testing Study Guides" to be helpful.

    If the physical test is not offered at the PST testing location that you sign up for, the Sheriff's Office will work with you to complete that component of the testing.

    Deputy applicants must meet the following Physical Fitness Requirements:

    We strongly recommend that you prepare/practice for the physical testing requirements.

    Oral Board Interviews

    Once the applicant has passed the written and physical tests, he/she will be invited to be interviewed by a panel of Sheriff's personnel.

    Background Check

    Applicants who pass the oral board interview will be asked to submit to a comprehensive background check. Applicants who possess the following criminal history are automatically disqualified:

    To prepare for the background check, you will want to have the following information ready (not an all-inclusive list): Past employment, employer contact information, references, previous residences, education, military service, driving history, and contact information of family and friends.

    It is important that applicants are forthcoming and thorough in providing background information.

    Medical, Psychological & Polygraph Examination

    For sworn positions, if a contingent offer of employment is made, applicants must pass a medical/physical evaluation, a psychological evaluation, and a polygraph examination. Kootenai County pays for the direct cost of these examinations. The medical and psychological evaluations are not required for Emergency Communications Officer (911) or civilian positions. Deputies must meet the following Vision/Hearing Requirements:

    Pay & Benefits

    Now offering Detention Deputy and Control Room Operator Lateral & Relocation Bonuses!

    $2500 Relocation Bonus for Detention Deputies & Control Room Operators
    Eligibility: If you are hired for a Detention Deputy or Control Room Operator position and you are relocating from a distance of 100+ miles of Kootenai County

    $2500 Lateral Bonus for Detention Deputies
    Eligibility: If you are hired for a Detention Deputy position and you:

    1. Meet all of the minimum requirements as an entry level applicant and;
    2. Have successfully completed a POST certified Basic Detention, Corrections or comparable Federal Academy and;
    3. Have a minimum of twenty-four (24) months experience as a detention deputy or corrections officer.

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    Note - bonuses will be paid out on the employee's first paycheck and are subject to taxes. If the employee leaves prior to 1 year of employment, they will be required to pay back the bonus on a pro-rata basis.

    Idaho POST Certification

    Kootenai County pays for employees' Idaho POST Certification, and continued education requirements. Employees must obtain their certification within their first year of employment. Kootenai County pays for tuition, lodging, meals, and travel.

    We are a Drug Free Workplace: All candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test. Safety sensitive employees are subject to random drug testing.

    *Equal Opportunity Employer * We give Veterans Preference *

    Main County Administration Building
    Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
    Main Phone Number: (208) 446-1000 Contact Us
    Click here for directions to the County Administration Building and Courthouse.