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Starting salary: $55,156.43 with benefits and uniforms
Applications must be downloaded from the Sheriff’s website at: www.willcosheriff.org. Or you may pick up an application from the Will County Merit Commission office, located at 25 N. Ottawa Street, Suite 304, Joliet.
Applications must have official sealed college transcripts and or DD214/DD215 AND the processing fee attached. Mail or hand deliver the application and requirements to the Will County Merit Commission office at the address listed on the application before the deadline.
All applicants will be notified by e-mail with the test details after their application has been reviewed and accepted.
- Testing Process
- Long Application
- Personality Evaluation
- Polygraph Exam
- In-Depth Background Investigation
- Oral Interviews
- Medical Exam
- Post Employment Information
- U.S. Citizen
- 20 Years of Age to Apply - Must be 21 Years of Age by Certification Interview Date ( No Age Cap )
- Valid Driver’s License
- An Associates Degree or minimum 60 semester hours
( From a Regionally accredited college )
- OR -
This educational requirement may be satisfied by certain Military experience
- a DD214/DD215 must be furnished
*Two (2) years of active duty service in a branch of the United States Military or Eighteen (18) months of active duty service in the a branch of the United States Military in a designated combat zone.
- OR -
Have a minimum of four (4) years full-time continuous law enforcement on the same department (must supply related information)
- OR -
Have a minimum of four (4) years continuous employment with the Will County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer AND 30 hours of regionally accredited college credits.
- No felony or certain misdemeanor convictions from any jurisdiction
Must establish residency in Will County within 2 years from date of appointment.
You may download an application from this website or they are available to pick up at the following locations:
Download the Application for Deputy Sheriff or visit the following location
- Will County Sheriff’s Merit Commission - Map to Location ( )
16911 W. Laraway Rd., Joliet, IL 60433 - Suite 201
A written test, power card test, a 32-page long application, personality evaluation screening, a polygraph exam, an in-depth background investigation, and an interview with the Will County Merit Commission Board. After you successfully pass the testing process and interview, you will be placed on a 2-year certified list of applicants for the Sheriff. Once selected you will be interviewed by the Sheriff and will be sent for a full medical exam including a drug-screening test before being hired.
The written test component for the position of Deputy Sheriff is designed to measure the applicant’s proficiency in the following areas:
- Basic Math
- Reading Comprehension
- Basic Grammar
- Incident Report Writing
A grade of 70% for EACH section is necessary for the applicant to pass and continue in the testing process.
- Obtain P.O.W.E.R. Card. Further isntructions will be given after passing the written exam.
The applicant will be given a 32 page long application to completely fill out with personal information as well as references and employment history for the past 10 years, this document also has to be notarized. An appointment time will be given to each applicant. At this time the applicant will meet with an investigator to go over the long application. Additionally, the applicant will be photographed, fingerprinted, fill out additional information sheets, and turn in copies of their Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Drivers License, FOID Card and DD214 ( If applicable ).
Applicants will be given an information sheet to make an appointment for their personality evaluation. The result of this test is a “recommended” or “not recommended”. Applicant must be recommended to continue in the process.
Applicant will be given information to make an appointment for their polygraph exam. Applicant must pass polygraph exam to continue in the process.
A mail-out is completed from the Long Application. An investigator conducts a background investigation on applicant and writes up a report. You will be notified by mail once this is completed.
Applicant will be scheduled for an Oral Interview with the Merit Board and if successful, will be placed on a 2-year certified list of applicants for the Sheriff. Once selected you will be contacted by the Sheriff’s office for an interview.
Applicants will be sent for a full medical exam including a drug-screening test before being hired.
Once hired as a Will County Sheriff's Office Deputy, the applicant will receive the following training:
- Twelve weeks of academy training
- Fourteen weeks of Patrol Field training
- Forty hours of annual In-Service training
- After the initial phase, the Deputy will choose his/her assignment by rank seniority.