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The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a highly competent and motivated work force. We believe our volunteers, reserves, and sworn and non-sworn employees are vital to meeting the expectations of County citizens for "Excellence in Service" in public safety. We are an equal opportunity employer with a law enforcement mission involving criminal, traffic, and civil laws. 

General Information Preferences, Qualifications, and Disqualifiers Minimum Standards for Certified Positions Application Process for Certified Positions


Certified Deputy Positions

Deputy Sheriffs possess all of the powers normally conferred upon law enforcement officers of the state of Oregon and use these powers to enforce laws affecting the criminal, traffic, and civil laws of Yamhill County, the State of Oregon, and the United States. Minimum standards for employment as a Law Enforcement Officer in Oregon are outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 259-008-0010.

Enforcement (Patrol) Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for responding to and investigating crimes and complaints of violations of the criminal and traffic laws. Some of these duties include patrolling roads, highways, and business areas in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws; patrolling rivers in a patrol boat, enforcing water safety laws and regulations; making arrests, booking prisoners, transporting prisoners and patients under custody to institutions, courts, and on extraditions; and informing the public and answering inquiries regarding laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. For a more detailed description of Enforcement (Patrol) division deputies, please click here.

Corrections (Jail) Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for performing work in the care and custody of adult prisoners in the Yamhill County Corrections Facility. Some of these duties include maintaining the custody, safety, security, and sanitation of prisoners confined in the correctional facility; escorting and transporting prisoners within the facility to other agencies and any other appointments as necessary; and controlling public movement within the correctional facility. For a more detailed description of Corrections (Jail) division deputies, please click here.


What are we looking for in applicants?

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals who possess strong moral fitness and good character. We believe that the technical aspects of law enforcement can be taught, but the work ethic, integrity, and commitment needed to successfully complete the mission of the Office must be inherent traits. We are interested in candidates who possess good moral character, demonstrate strong customer service and communication skills, and put forth a professional image. We are looking for creative problem solvers who work well in teams but can also handle the responsibilities of the position at an individual level.  

In accordance with ORS 408.230 and ORS 408.235, applicable points will be added to Veterans and Disabled Veterans at each scored stage of the hiring process. Applicants must submit proof of veteran status (DD214/DD215 Copy 4) at the time the application is filed, and fully complete the Yamhill County Veteran Preference Form. To qualify for disabled veteran preference, applicants must submit proof of veteran status and a copy of their veterans’ disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 21years of age for sworn positions.
  • Must successfully complete an interview with appropriate staff personnel.
  • Must submit to a complete background investigation. 
  • Must submit to a complete a physical examination including drug screen and hearing test (specified positions only).

DISQUALIFIERS -- In conjunction with the Mandatory Certification Disqualifiers outlined in OAR 259-008-0070, the Sheriff's Office has identified the following disqualifiers:

Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers:

  • Domestic Violence Conviction
  • Felony Conviction
  • Misdemeanor Conviction (reviewed on a case-by- case basis)

Driving Disqualifiers:

  • Multiple moving violations

Drug Use Disqualifiers:

  • Illegal manufacture, transport or sale of a controlled substance.
  • Repetitive or continual drug use.

Employment Disqualifiers:

  • Discharge from employment related to poor performance, attendance, policy violations, or inability to adjust to corrective discipline.
  • Any discharge from any military force other than honorable will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Disqualifiers:

  • Any conduct that could compromise the integrity of the employee, other employees, the Sheriff's Office or the County will be closely evaluated.
  • Failure to read and follow directions.
  • Any conduct that could pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others in the workplace.

Behaviors which do not necessarily reach the level of severity of the disqualifiers listed above may still be a basis for rejection after consideration of each case on its individual merits.

RE-APPLICATIONS - If you are unsuccessful at any phase in the hiring process, you will be notified by e-mail within two (2) weeks. You will be eligible to reapply whenever we open a new recruitment, unless your application was closed as a result of one of the following:

  • Panel Interviews – if you participated in our Oral Board and Administrators panels and did not proceed, you must wait six (6) months from interview to reapply.
  • Background Investigation – if you were asked to complete a Personal History Statement and did not proceed, you must wait twelve (12) months to reapply.
  • Suitability And Medical Examinations – if you participated in a psychological or medial assesment and did not proceed, you must wait twelve (12) months to reapply.


Pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rules, candidates for certified law enforcement positions must meet the minimum standards. These standards include the categories of Citizenship, Age, Fingerprinting, Moral Fitness, Education, Physical Standards, and successful completion of a Pre-Employment Psychological Assessment (conducted by a licensed mental health professional at the request of the agency). For specifics on each, please see OAR 259-008-0010.


You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process. The entire process may take from 3 – 6 months to complete.

TO APPLY -- When there is an open recruitment posted on the County Human Resources Career Opportunities website, interested applicants must complete and submit:

  • the County employment application, 
  • the required letter of interest, and
  • for Entry-level candidates only, the FrontLine National A test through National Testing Network (NTN), submitted under the appropriate posting. Scores must be active/valid on the review date of the posting. 

**When signing up for the NTN testing, please select "Law Enforcement" for all of our open positions.**

Complete applications received by the posting deadline, including all required testing, proceed through the screening process as follows:


  • For entry-level recruitments, we ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your application, which includes a review of the required FrontLine A test, and the letter of interest.The test vendor is National Testing Network. Candidates must score at least 70% on each section on the test (FrontLine A writing, reading, and video) before moving on to Step 2. FrontLine tests must be submitted through NTN; hard copy scores of NTN tests will not be accepted. Scores must be active/valid at the time of review.
  • For certified/lateral recruitments, we ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your application and the letter of interest. Applicants for Certified/Lateral recruitments do not take the NTN Frontline A test. Qualified Certified/Lateral applicants will be invited to take the POST exam at our Office. Candidates must score at least 70% on each section on the POST (Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing) before moving on to Step 2.

STEP 2. PANEL BOARD INTERVIEW -- Candidates who successfully pass Step 1 may be invited to a panel board interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. 

STEP 3. ADMINISTRATIVE ORAL BOARD INTERVIEW -- Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 may be invited to participate in an Administrative Oral Board Interview, which will include the captain(s) of the hiring unit(s).

STEP 4. PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT -- Candidates who successfully complete Steps 1-3 may be invited to fill out a Personal History Statement (PHS). PHSs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Personal History Statement is collected.

STEP 5. SHERIFF INTERVIEW – Candidates who successfully complete Steps 1-4 may be invited to participate in an interview with the Sheriff.

STEP 6. CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT – Selected candidates will be provided with a Conditional Offer of Employment and be required to submit to medical testing to determine the emotional, physical, and psychological suitability.

STEP 7. SUITABILITY AND MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS -- Candidates issued a Conditional Offer will be required to submit to a Psychological Test and a DPSST Medical Examination including a vision and hearing test, as well as completing the ORPAT physical ability test in 6:00 or under, with a pass on the Dummy Drag.

STEP 8. FINAL OFFER – Candidates who successfully complete Steps 1-7 may be provided a final offer of employment, contingent upon available positions within YCSO.

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