Deputy Sheriff - Qualifications & Benefits
All deputy sheriff positions are filled, so the Sheriff's Office is not hiring at this time. We are not accepting applications nor maintaining any applications on file; therefore, please do not submit an application until this notice is removed.
- United States citizen
- Must be at least 21 (or within 180 days of 21st birthday at time of application)
- High school diploma or GED
- Valid driver's license
- Extensive background investigation
- Medical examination
- Polygraph examination
- Psychological examination
- Non-smoker at time of appointment
Deputy sheriffs participate in the Fairfax County
Uniformed Retirement System and are eligible to retire after 25 years
of service. After 20 years of service, a deputy sheriff is eligible for
early retirement. The retirement plan is employee and employer
Each employee who works a rotating schedule or permanent nights will receive a shift differential of $.90 to $1.30 per hour worked each evening or overnight shift.
Every employee receives a day of pay for these 12 holidays (* number may vary by year). As a deputy sheriff, you may work on some of these holidays unless you work a daylight only schedule. If you are scheduled to work on a holiday, you will receive extra pay. The Sheriff's Office follows the state government holiday schedule.
Annual leave is accrued and granted for vacation and other personal reasons. Employees scheduled to work other than 80 hours per pay period will have leave credited on a pro-rated basis. Accumulation of annual leave is limited to 30 days.
Sick leave is accrued and can be used when you are incapacitated by sickness or injury, for medical diagnosis or treatment, or for the necessary care and attendance, or death, of a member of your immediate family. Accumulation is unlimited.
An employee who is a member of the Reserves of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or the National Guard is eligible for paid military leave each year.
Deputy sheriffs become Merit System employees upon appointment. Deputy sheriffs serve an initial probationary period of 12 months that starts on the date of graduation from the Criminal Justice Academy.
The county pays for a significant portion of health insurance coverage, regardless of the plan you choose. The remainder of the premium is deducted pre-tax from your paycheck. The county currently offers four health plans.
The Deferred Compensation Program is a supplemental retirement savings program. The program allows employees to invest a portion of their pre-tax earnings in a variety of investment options. Deferrals reduce your taxable income. T. Rowe Price is the county’s investment provider.
- Long-term disability insurance provides a monthly benefit in the event of accident or extended illness. Employees pay the full cost of this benefit through bi-weekly payroll deductions.
- Dental insurance is offered through Delta Dental PPO. Employees pay the full cost of this benefit through bi-weekly payroll deductions.
- Each employee is provided with group term life insurance coverage equal to one time their annual salary rounded to the next higher $1,000 up to a maximum of $200,000. The county pays the premiums for this coverage. Coverage is effective on your 181st day of employment.
Funds may be allocated by the Board of Supervisors to provide reimbursement to employees who work at least 20 hours per week and are eligible for other county benefits. Course work must be career-related and taken through an accredited institution. In the current budget cycle, the county has not allocated such funds.
Each deputy sheriff must maintain 36 career development hours and 4 legal hours every two years to remain certified as a deputy sheriff.
Each deputy sheriff will receive from the agency, at no cost, the proper uniform and equipment needed to complete his or her job.
Each deputy sheriff will receive additional pay for uniform care and shoe purchase. The amount of the stipend may vary with duty assignment.
The county offers two flexible spending accounts: Dependent Care Assistance Flexible Spending Account and Medical Spending Account. Flexible spending accounts are designed to let you set aside pre-tax earnings to pay for a variety of out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses.
A deputy sheriff may receive a pay increment in each calendar year. The decision regarding a pay increase is based on an employee's annual review and how much the county awards each agency for the pay increases.