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,
Major, Undersheriff, and Sheriff.
Kootenai County regularly recruits for the following positions (click here to view job descriptions):
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.
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.
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
Lateral Hiring Program
We welcome lateral deputies and emergency communications officers. In order to qualify as a "lateral," applicants must:
- Meet all of the minimum requirements as an entry level applicant and;
- Have successfully completed a POST certified Basic Detention, Corrections, Patrol, Emergency Communication Officer or comparable Federal
- Have a minimum of twenty-four (24) months experience as a patrol deputy, detention deputy, corrections officer, or emergency communications
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 *