Deputy Sheriff
Full-Time Deputy Sheriff at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Law Enforcement
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $66,107.82 - $100,651.64 Annually
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Certification
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function

The current or vacancies are in the Sheriff's Office. The eligibility list created by this vacancy may be used to hire other vacancies in the department or County.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is seeking qualified candidates to fill our full-time and intermittent Deputy Sheriff positions. Ramsey County strives to build a workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve and we are seeking candidates to assist in cultivating community relationships and enhancing our community response and engagement. As a County Deputy Sheriff, you will serve Minnesota’s most diverse county.

The basic functions of this position are to perform law enforcement work such as patrol, investigation and apprehension, security and custody, court security and legal process services; and to perform related duties as assigned.

In order to meet minimum qualifications for this position, you must have either your POST license or POST eligibility letter. Please attach a copy of the POST license or POST eligibility letter in your application. The application deadline is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 22nd 2024.  If you are unable to attach your letter, you will be required to provide your POST eligibility letter prior to your oral interview.

MN POST Board Information
For further information about Minnesota POST licensing, visit the MN POST Board website here.

For more specific information about licensing requirements for officers licensed in other states, military law enforcement personnel, or licensing exam schedules, go to the Minnesota POST Board website and click here.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

Click the following to view or print the: Work Performance Test - Physical Demands or Environmental Exposure Checklists (Download PDF reader) for Deputy Sheriff's in Ramsey County.

Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following sections with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training and Experience Rating = 80%
  • Oral Interview = 20%

The examination for the Deputy Sheriff will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire and an oral interview. The rating on this supplemental questionnaire and score on the oral interview will depend on the answers provided. A candidate must pass the training and experience rating and the oral interview  in order to be advanced in the process. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating. The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on your answers to the questions – do not mark "see resume" or "see work history" as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely. Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.

Eligible List:  The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Deputy Sheriff. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for 3 month(s) or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.

The department may choose to interview any candidate on the eligible list.

Veteran's Preference:  This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.
Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

To be considered for employment, candidates must successfully complete the following selection process conducted by the Sheriff's Office:

  • Oral Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Evaluation/Work Simulation

E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs, and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, familial or marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance status, place of residence, political affiliation, or national origin. Ramsey County is deeply committed to advancing racial equity and promoting diversity and inclusion within all areas of our workforce.

To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
For further information regarding this posting, please contact 


Examples of Work Performed


  1. Work Performance Test - Physical Demands or Environmental Exposure Checklists (Download PDF reader)Represent the Office of the Sheriff through your interactions with staff, stakeholders, clients, inmates, general public, legal personnel, and others by demonstrating respect, responsibility, honor, and truth.
  2. Provide law enforcement services in any one of the following areas: detention and courts, civil process/warrants, and/or patrol/investigations.
  3. Maintain order and security in a detention facility or in detention units of an assigned hospital by processing admissions to the facility according to established procedures; observing inmates in their living quarters to detect significant changes in their emotional or physical condition and to detect evidence of contraband; providing for mandated inmate services; intervening in problematic or emergency situations; assisting in restraining violent psychiatric patients; processing bonds and other court directed releases.
  4. Provide law enforcement services in the areas of crime prevention, investigation and apprehension by patrolling in an assigned area; investigating, collecting evidence; preparing reports on auto accidents and criminal activities; conducting follow-up and long-term investigations through interviews with victims, witnesses or suspects, undercover operations or use of informants; responding to requests for assistance in medical emergencies, accidents, fires, domestic disputes and police emergencies; enforcing traffic laws; arresting suspects; presenting evidence and testimony in court based on investigations; and coordinating traffic safety programs for schools.
  5. Provide law enforcement service for the safety and security of inmates, civilians, and legal personnel by transporting prisoners to and from jails, prisons, hospitals and other institutions; apprehending and transporting probate patients to security hospital facilities; extraditing felons and fugitives from other states; and executing search warrants to seize controlled substances and contraband.
  6. Maintain order within the courtroom by securing juries in deliberation from outside tampering; providing for the basic needs of jury members; and escorting inmates to and from court proceedings.
  7. Perform law enforcement activities in the area of legal process services by arresting individuals on felony, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor warrants; and serving notices of court actions.

 (The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)
 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.


Click the following to view or print the: Work Performance Test - Physical Demands or Environmental Exposure Checklists (Download PDF reader) for Deputy Sheriff's in Ramsey County.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Must meet academic and skills course requirements for state licensure which require successful completion of a two-year college program in law enforcement and an eight-week skills course; or equivalent training/experience recognized by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Experience:  None.
Substitution:  None.
Certifications/Licensure:  Licensure as a Peace Officer by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, and a valid driver's license.

Ramsey County

Contact: Megan Simmons
Phone 651-266-2700
425 Grove Street
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55101
Transit: On bus line