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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. 

The Merit Commission will hold an orientation session at 9:00 a.m. on July 10, 2021 at

Woodstock North High School
3000 Raffel Road
Woodstock IL 

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m.  A written exam will be conducted immediately following the orienation.  A physical ability test will be conducted following the written exam.  POWER test cards will not be accepted.

Deputy Sheriff Application Form

Deputy Sheriff Lateral Applications:

In addition to the Entry Level Eligibility List, the Merit Commission reserves the right to maintain a pool of certified law enforcement officers for accelerated entry. All persons possessing certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or possessing a full time certification from another state that will transfer in accordance with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board may be considered for accelerated entry and will not be required to participate in an orientation or written exam, provided Lateral transfer applicants must meet the following guidelines to be considered for placement on the eligibility list:


1. Currently employed as a full-time law enforcement (peace) officer in a sheriff's department, police department, or other law enforcement agency for a minimum of twenty-four (24) consecutive months with a single law enforcement agency and have completed that agency's required probationary period; and

2. Present proof of having completed training that complies with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Boards minimum standards for certification as a full-time law enforcement (peace) officer the definition of which includes, but is not limited to, the authority to make arrest and carry firearms; or

3. Have met the above requirements and been terminated or laid off for economic reasons within one (1) year preceding the receipt of application by the McHenry County Merit Commission;


Applicants must submit: Completed Sheriff's Department application, Lateral Transfer Supplemental application, State Certification Certificate/Diploma from training academy, Copies of (as applicable): Valid drivers' license, Birth certificate, DD-214, High school/GED diploma and transcripts, College diploma and transcripts.


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 $31.69/ hour ($65,916.00/ annually)
  • Lateral starting pay commensurate with experience - contingent on successfully completing FTO;
    • 24 mos. $34.27 ($71,281.60)
    • 36 mos. $35.63 ($74,110.40)
    • 48 mos. $37.06 ($77,084.80)
    • 60 mos. $38.92 ($80,953.60)
  • 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 30, 2021.   

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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