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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 1 year of full-time continuous experience and have completed the probationary period with a law enforcement agency in which the applicant received their certification (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

We are no longer accepting Applications for the merited deputy sheriff testing which will be held on April 28th, 2018

Minimum Qualifications to Apply (as set forth by the merit commission):

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Copy of Valid Driver's License
  • Copy of Birth Certificate/ US Citizenship Paperwork
  • 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)

 Additional Information can be found on the McHenry County Web Site at the following address

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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