Selection Process

Steps in Selection Process


1. Written Examination

(when applicable)


The Division of Human Resources will schedule and notify you of your written test date, time, and location. All tests are based on valid, useful, and non-discriminatory methods. The Division of Human Resources will notify you as soon as the scores are tabulated.

2. Physical Agility Screening


For Deputy Sheriff and Correctional Officer applicants, the Sheriff's Office will schedule you for Physical Agility Screening and notify you of the date, time, and location. With your notice, you will receive a fitness waiver requiring a signature of your personal physician to assure your safe participation in the agility screening. Only those applicants that pass the written test will be allowed to participate in the physical agility screening.

3. Oral Interview


Upon successful completion of all previous phases, you will be scheduled and notified of an oral interview. The interview is routinely comprised of 4 Sheriff's Office members, representing various levels of the office’s organizational structure. This initial interview is then usually followed by a command interview.

4. Eligibility Notification


Upon successful completion of the oral interview(s), you will be notified of your eligibility status. The eligibility list generally remains active for a period of 1 year. Candidates are selected from the list as position vacancies arise. If you are not selected during the eligibility period, you may reapply with the Division of Human Resources for the next active recruitment period.

5. Conditional Offer of Employment


The Sheriff will make conditional offers of employment based on each candidate’s eligibility standing and the number of vacancies that are available. Conditional offers are contingent on successful completion of all remaining selection requirements.

6. Background Investigation


After receiving a conditional offer of employment, candidates will undergo a background investigation conducted by a member of the Sheriff's Office.

7. Polygraph


All Sheriff's Office candidates will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. Inquiries will be made into areas such as:
  • Criminal history
  • Credit
  • Drug use
  • Personal history

8. Medical Examination & Drug Screening


During the background investigation process, you will be scheduled for a medical examination and drug screening. All medical examinations are conducted by a county contracted physician at no cost to the candidate.

9. Psychological


All deputy sheriff candidates will be scheduled for a psychological evaluation during the background investigation process.


10. Probationary Appointment


Once hired, you will begin an orientation and training period under guidance of the Sheriff's Office Training Coordinator and your assigned Field Training Officers. Probationary periods are determined by the position classifications:
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Correctional Officer
  • Corrections Support Staff (18 months)
  • Civilian personnel (6 months)

11. Duration of Selection Process


Completion of a recruitment examination and selection process can take 60 to 120 days. Candidates found eligible, but not immediately selected, may be contacted for subsequent placement during the eligibility period. Reapplication will be required if not selected within the active eligibility period.

12. Residency


The Sheriff's Office does not require employees to reside within Frederick County or within a required distance of the county as a condition of employment. Sworn employees hired after July 1, 2008 will be provided a county assigned vehicle and be permitted to park the vehicle at their residence in Frederick County or at an approved off site location within Frederick County only.

13. Advancement Opportunities


The Sheriff's Office provides non-competitive advancement opportunities for employees at the Deputy Recruit, Deputy, Deputy First Class and Correctional Officer I and II levels. A promotional process is in place for supervisory positions at the Corporal and Sergeant levels.

14. Drug Testing


All Sheriff's Office positions are subject to random drug testing.

Updated August 2011