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

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, have a minimum of 2 years of full-time continuous experience with a law enforcement agency (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

merited deputy sheriff
april 15, 2017
The physical agility test and written exam will take place on APRIL 15th, 2017 at the woodstock north high school located at 3000 raffel road in woodstock. Doors will open at 8:00am.  You will be required to show a State issued photo ID to check in. 

If you are planning on testing with us, you must submit your application and required paperwork and return it to the address stated by 4:30 p.m. march 31st, 2017.  DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE EXAM.  When your application materials are received, you will receive a confirmation letter with additional details.
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Minimum Qualifications to Apply:

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at hiring.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen or have a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Applicant must live in McHenry County or any bordering Illinois county, within one year of hiring. 

Documents needed for employment:

  • Completed Sheriff's Office Application
  • Upon hiring applicant must possess a valid FOID (Firearms Owner's Identification Card). Application can be obtained at the following link
  • Copy of Valid Driver's License
  • Copy of Birth Certificate/ US Citizenship Paperwork/ Permanent Resident Card
  • Copy of High School Diploma/ GED
  • Copy of High School Transcripts
  • Copy of College Diploma (if applicable)
  • Copy of College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Copy of Military Discharge DD214 (if applicable)

Merit Commission Testing

Applicants may be waived from participating in our POWER test under the following circumstances: Full Time Certified Police Officer in the state of Illinois, or certification of successful completion from The Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA).  Information regarding NIPSTA's administration of the POWER test can be found at

  • Written Exam (Standard and content to be determined by the Merit Commission)


Applicants who successfully complete the Merit Commission Testing will be placed on an eligibility list which is certified for one year.  The candidates on the eligibility list  are not ranked, but are listed in alphabetical order.  The Sheriff may hire any person on the eligibility list as they deem appropriate. 

Candidates who are offered a position with the Sheriff's Office will be subject to oral interview, background investigation, psychological evaluation, physical exam, and drug screening.  Additional procedures and exams may be required by The Sheriff of McHenry County at their sole discretion.

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