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Deputy Sheriff Applications:

We accept applications year round for Deputy Sheriff.  Applicants will receive notice of test dates when set. An application can be completed using the following link. 

Deputy Sheriff Application Form

Deputy Sheriff Lateral Applications:

Applicants that are currently employed as a full-time deputy sheriff or municipal officer, are in good standing in their department, successfully completed a Basic Police Officer Training Program, and have completed the probationary period with a law enforcement agency in which the applicant received their certification (the definition of which includes the authority to arrest and carry firearms) can apply for placement on the eligibility list at any time.  Applicants approved by the Merit Commission shall be placed on the Eligibility List for a period of one year.    

Lateral Application Form

Lateral Transfer Guidelines

Online applications are not accepted, please mail or drop off application, fees, and required paperwork.  Additional job information is provided below.  Please fill out the application for Deputy Sheriff above, provided in the links.

Copies of Required Documents to Submit With Your Deputy Sheriff Application:

  • Driver's License
  • FOID Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • High School Diploma/GED and Transcripts
  • College Diploma and Transcripts (if applicable)


General Information:

All Deputy Sheriff positions are full-time. There are three shifts. Schedules are: work 5 days, 2 days off, work 5 days, 3 days off. A Deputy performs a variety of complex law enforcement duties including enforcement of state laws and county ordinances for the protection of life, health, safety, welfare and property.


  • Starting pay is $31.07/ hour ($64,623.00/ annually)
  • Top pay is $48.23/ hour ($100,317.00/ annually)
  • Paid Overtime
  • Paid holidays per year as determined by County Board
  • (3) Personal days per year
  • Uniforms supplied by the Sheriff's Office
  • I.M.R.F. SLEP Pension contributed by employee and employer
  • Paid vacation: 5 days after one year, 10 days after 2 years, 15 days after 5 years, 20 days after 10 years
  • Paid sick time after one year
  • Major medical, dental, accident, vision and life insurance offered by the County for the employee and dependents


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Age - Applicants must have reached their 21st birthday on or before date of hire (no maximum age)
  • Education - Applicant must be a high school graduate/GED
  • Citizenship - Applicant must be a United States Citizen
  • Driver's License - Applicant must possess a valid driver's license
  • FOID - Must have a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card upon hire
  • Residency - Residency required for a take-home squad car


Requirements for Eligibility List:

The Written Examination will be the POST (Police Officer Selection Test) and will consist of arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and incident report writing. For successful completion, candidates must receive a minimum score of 70% on each section.  Due to COVID-19 the physical agility/ P.O.W.E.R. test will be given at a later date to those invited for the interview phase of the process. P.O.W.E.R. cards will not be accepted.
Applicants must submit your application, $25.00 non-refundable application fee (checks made payable to County of McHenry), and required paperwork by 4:30 p.m. June 12, 2020.   The written exam will be an E-Exam taken remotely due to COVID-19 and will take place on June 27, 2020. 
If your application was accepted and processed by June 12, 2020, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in and take the test remotely.  You will need a computer with internet connection or WiFi.  The test will be available to be taken between 12:01a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 27, 2020.  You will be allotted 3 hours to complete the test which must be completed by 11:59 p.m.. You must submit your application materials and $25.00 application fee by June 12, 2020 in order to take the test.

Eligibility List:

After placement on the Eligibility List, an applicant must successfully complete any additional procedures as may be required by the Sheriff of McHenry County in his/her sole discretion (including, but not limited to, background investigation, physical examination, psychological examination, drug screening examination, lie detector (polygraph) examination, and criminal history check). The applicants on the Eligibility List are not ranked but are listed in alphabetical order. The Sheriff may hire any person on the Eligibility List as he/she deems appropriate.
Candidates presenting proof of certification as a law enforcement officer meeting the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standard Board's standards may apply for lateral placement on the list.

To Apply:

Please complete the Sheriff's application and send with your required documents and the $25 Application Fee to:

McHenry County Merit Commission
ATTN:  Holly Eddy
2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098


For questions please contact:

Holly Eddy
Phone: (815)334-4219
Fax: (815)334-4648
McHenry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against because of age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or disability.

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