1000 55th St, Kenosha, WI 53140, USA Req #614
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Thank you for your interest in joining the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department!




Are you interested in a law enforcement career filled with challenge and purpose?  The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is seeking to hire professional, highly motivated, community-oriented individuals with integrity. We hire only the best, so you will work with other law enforcement professionals who are driven each day to meet new goals while protecting Kenosha County.


Benefits include State of Wisconsin retirement, paid vacation, health and dental insurance, uniform, duty weapon, and protective vest are supplied.  A take home patrol-vehicle program is also available for Deputies who complete their probation and are assigned to the patrol division.


We invite you to apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.  Our employees enjoy a challenging work environment and have opportunities for career development and professional growth which include K-9 Unit, Marine Unit, Tactical Response Team, Drone Unit, Traffic Interdiction Unit, Bomb Squad, School Resource Officers, and many more.


Be a part of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, a leader in public safety!


Kenosha County is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


2022 Hiring Rate of Pay – $27.99/hour

Lateral transfer consideration for experienced officers.




Deputy Sheriffs perform a wide variety of duties connected with generalized police work.  Assigned duties are performed in accordance with state statutes and departmental rules and regulations.  Immediate supervision is received from a Sergeant or other superior officer.  The Deputy Sheriff is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative when faced with emergency situations.  The work involves an element of danger.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Patrol roads and highways in marked patrol squads
  • Respond to and investigate calls for service, reports of crime, and traffic accidents
  • Assist in providing search and rescue operations
  • Ensure public safety through enforcement of federal, state, and local laws
  • Securely transport persons in custody to and from court and other locations
  • Serve or deliver warrants and other court-related paperwork and civil process
  • Subdue, control, and detain aggressive individuals involved in physical confrontations
  • Prepare accurate and concise reports

Specialized police work includes, but is not limited to:

  • ATV and snowmobile patrol; bicycle patrol; water patrol on Lake Michigan and various inland lakes; evidentiary recovery dive team; community relations work such as DARE, Deputy Friendly, and School Resource Officers; honor guard; K-9 unit; bomb squad; and tactical response team



  • The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department is a 24 hour/day, 7 day/week operation.
  • Employees must work holidays and weekends and must be able to work any of the existing shifts.  Days off will rotate.
  • Must be able to work overtime when needed, with or without advance notice.



  • Ability to meet physical, mental, and psychological qualifications of a Deputy
  • Ability to perform certified law enforcement officer duties to include: performing traffic stops, responding to high-risk calls, controlling large crowds at events, and all other law enforcement-related activities
  • Ability to function in situations which may rapidly change from those during routine patrol operations to those which are emergencies and highly stressful and dangerous



Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements listed will be disqualified.

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be not less than twenty and a half (20 ½) years of age at time of application and not less than twenty-one (21) years of age upon date of hire.
  • May not have been convicted at any time of a felony, unless the judgment or conviction has been reversed.

Driving Record

  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • During the time period beginning on the date three (3) years immediately preceding the date of the written test and continuing to the date of appointment, may not have been convicted of any single violation equivalent to more than four (4) points and have accumulated no more than the equivalent of six (6) points, as assessed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

Education and Training

At time of oral interview, applicants must possess and show proof of the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent; and
  • Certification by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB); or
  • A two-year Associate Degree from an accredited institution; or
  • A minimum of sixty college-level credits from an accredited institution.

Documentation of education and training must be provided to Human Resources prior to oral interview.


  • Application Review
  • Written Test
  • Determination of Preference Points
  • Physical Readiness Test

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s Physical Fitness Assessment will mirror the State of Wisconsin’s Physical Readiness Test that is required to be admitted into the Law Enforcement Academy.  The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department believes that health and wellness is an important factor in the selection process for Deputy Sheriff.


The below chart shows the pass/fail standard for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.


Physical Fitness Assessment

Minimum Needed Score

1.5 mile run

20:20 minutes

300 m run

82 seconds

Push ups




Vertical Jump

11.5 inches

Agility Run

23.4 seconds










The Physical Readiness Test will be administered immediately following the written test. The Physical Readiness Test is a pass/fail test.  If you fail any portion of the assessment, you fail the entire test and you will be removed from consideration from the rest of the selection process.  Applicants who are not currently certified or certifiable must meet the Physical Readiness Test entrance standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau, to be eligible for admission to the law enforcement academy:


Successful candidates will be placed on a rank order eligibility list which will be in effect for a maximum of twelve months.  These candidates will be taken in descending order through the following steps:

  • Driver's License and Driving History Record Check
  • Multiple Interview Assessment
  • Background Investigation
  • Oral Interviews

Candidates who pass these steps and are selected by the Sheriff for conditional employment will participate in the following prior to appointment:

  • Job Trait Assessment
  • Physical Examination/Drug Screen (must possess the physical condition necessary to perform the essential duties of the position)

Kenosha County’s Civil Service Ordinance provides an equitable system of recruitment, selection, promotion, and retention for Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.  Please note, the Civil Service Ordinance does not permit previously disqualified candidates to re-apply if decertified from an eligibility list within one (1) year of test date.


The position of Deputy Sheriff is covered by the Kenosha County Civil Service Ordinance.  The Civil Service Ordinance has an established residency boundary which is twenty (20) miles in any direction from the borders of Kenosha County.  Successful candidates must meet residency requirements within nine months of hire and maintain for duration of employment.


To learn more about the Sheriff's Department, please visit:


Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, November 21, 2022.


If you choose to apply by uploading a resume or through your LinkedIn profile, be sure all your employment, including summer and part-time employment while attending school, is included.  All time must be accounted for.  If unemployed for a period of time, state the dates of unemployment.


All candidates who pass the application review will be required to take the written test and physical fitness assessment on Saturday, December 3, 2022.


Information regarding the time and location of the test will be sent to each applicant at the e-mail address you provide in your application.  Please note, initial correspondence will be by e-mail, not home phone, mobile phone, or text, even if you choose another preferred contact method when submitting your application.  Be sure to monitor your e-mail, including clutter, junk, spam, etc. so you do not miss the message about the written test.

COVID-19 Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how Kenosha County will recruit and select our Deputy candidates.  At the time of each selection step, we intend to follow guidance issued by local health officials to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which may include a combination of wearing facial masks, social distancing, hand washing, and screening applicants for symptoms.  The following information is current guidance Kenosha County is following to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.


Kenosha County instructs all applicants that if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, are currently under a health order to quarantine or isolate, and/or have been directly exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and not vaccinated, you are not permitted to attend any aspect of the in-person selection process.  If you are experiencing any of the circumstances, please contact Kenosha County Human Resources immediately.  If it is determined that a candidate attended a selection step in violation of these expectations, the candidate will be considered disqualified for jeopardizing the health and safety of Kenosha County staff and candidates.  These instructions may change depending on current guidance.


Kenosha County is a Wisconsin Retirement System participating employer.  Your participation is required, which includes an employee contribution.


This position is located in Kenosha County, a growing community along the shores of Lake Michigan and less than an hour away from Milwaukee and Chicago.  To see why Kenosha County is a great place to live, work, and play, visit:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Kenosha County!


Kenosha County is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $27.99
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