March 20, 2024

Now Accepting Applications for Sheriff’s Deputy

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for Sheriff’s Deputy. Individuals interested in a professional and rewarding career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. The physical agility test (P.O.W.E.R. Test) and written exam will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Woodstock North High School. No P.O.W.E.R. cards will be accepted.

Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office provide services through the Patrol, Investigations, and Special Services Divisions. Currently, starting salary is $72,027.32 annually ($34.63/hour), with top pay at $109,620.62 ($52.70/hour). Benefits also include paid holidays, paid vacation time, and options for major medical insurance. Deputies must live within McHenry County to be eligible for a take-home car.

Applications for Sheriff’s Deputies can be found at The minimum qualifications to apply are:

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at hiring.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Applicant must be able to pass a background check.
  • Applicant must live in McHenry County or any bordering Illinois or Wisconsin county within one year of hiring. 

Applicants must submit their application, a $25.00 non-refundable application fee and required paperwork online at by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Paper applications, if preferred, can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office at 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL.

Additional information can be found at P.O.W.E.R. Test standards can be found here:

Applications for lateral transfers are being accepted on a continual basis.  If you have questions after referring to our website, please email for additional information on the testing and hiring process.