Deputy Sheriff Employment

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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 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

Lateral Transfer Guidelines



*** We are currently accepting Applications for the merited deputy sheriff testing which will be held on May 9th, 2020 ***



  • Top pay is $47.29.
  • Paid Overtime.
  • Paid holidays per year as determined by County Board.
  • (3) Personal days per year.
  • Uniforms supplied by the Sheriff's Department.
  • 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 (co-pay).

General Information

All Deputy positions are full-time. There are three shifts. Schedules are: work 5 days, 2 days off, work 5 days, 3 days off. A Patrol Deputy performs a variety of complex law enforcement duties. A deputy enforces Federal and State laws, and County ordinances for the protection of life, health, safety, welfare and property.

Requirements for Eligibility List:

The Written Examination will be the POST (Police Officer Seletion Test) and will consist of arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and incident report writing and will follow the mandatory orientation. Candidates must receive a minimum score of 70% on each section.  The Physical Agility Test will consist of the P.O.W.E.R. test.  P.O.W.E.R. cards are not accepted.  The POWER test will follow the written exam.
The orientation, physical agility test and written exam will take place on May 9th, 2020.  You will be required to show a State issued photo ID to check in.  If you are planning on testing with us, you 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. April 28th, 2020.    DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE EXAM.   
The exam will take place on Saturday, May 9th, 2020.  Check in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the orientation will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the written exam and physical agility.  The exam will take place at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock, Illinois.  You must submit your application materials and $25.00 application fee by April 28th, 2020 in order to be admitted to the exam.

Copies of required documents to submit with your application:

  • Drivers License
  • Birth Certificate
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • High School Diploma and Transcripts
  • College Diploma and Transcripts (if applicable)

Each of the above tests will be administered only once. 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.

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 or GED
  • Citizenship - Applicant must be a United States Citizen
  • Driver's License - Applicant must possess a valid driver's license
  • Residency - Residency required for a take-home squad car


To Apply:
Please complete the Sheriff's application and send with your required documents and $25 application fee to the following address.


McHenry County Merit Commission
ATTN:   Holly Eddy
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098
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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