Civil Service Employment

* The Civil Service office is closed to the public until further notice due to government mandated closures related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Documents may be submitted in the mail dropbox in front of the Sheriff's Training Center building or mailed to Spokane County Civil Service, 6011 N Chase Rd, Newman Lake, WA 99025.

For assistance, please contact our office by phone at 509.477.4711 or by email at
Civil Service Employment

Civil Service is charged with the recruitment, testing, hiring and promotion of all Sheriff's Office employees under Chapter 41.14 RCW. All tests must be given under the jurisdiction of the Spokane County Civil Service Commission on dates shown on the official job posting. Tests are given to establish eligible lists for each job classification. Hiring is from the eligible list in order of grade standing as positions become available or need arises. No applicant will be given final certification for appointment until the candidate has satisfactorily qualified on the pre-employment background interview, oral boards, polygraph screening, medical examination and/or psychological evaluation.

The Civil Service Commission sits as a judicial board to conduct hearings and investigations in accordance with Chapter 41.14 RCW; to hear and determine appeals or complaints from employees or applicants in such matters as may be referred to the Commission.

The public Civil Service Commission meeting is normally held at 1:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, in the Human Resources Learning Center, 824 N. Adams St., Spokane, WA 99260. If the office is closed for holiday, the meeting will be held the following day. If the meeting location is changed, the location will be posted on the website. *****NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 mandates, Civil Service Commission meetings are currently held on an electronic platform. Please contact Civil Service at 509-477-4711 if you would like information to attend online meetings.*****

Currently Open For Application

  • Deputy Sheriff-Entry Level
  • Deputy Sheriff-Intermediate Lateral
  • Deputy Sheriff-Lateral Entry
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Forensic Technician (closes 8/7/2020)

Want to speak to a Recruiter?

Please email for any questions regarding our Deputy Sheriff positions! 

Information for Entry Level Deputy Applicants

Spokane County Civil Service has teamed up with Public Safety Testing for the initial testing for our Entry Level Deputy position. All applicants must register and test with Public Safety Testing before proceeding with a Spokane County Application.
The next Public Safety test in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area is scheduled for:
   - Contact PST directly to set up a test.

Please register for a Public Safety Test near you.

Further information about Civil Service openings is available on the Job Opportunities page of the Spokane County website.

Attention Deputy Sheriff Lateral & Intermediate Lateral Applicants


  • Upon receipt and confirmation of completed Spokane County NEOGOV application, applicant will be sent a Personal History Statement and Training & Experience form to be due within 10 days. Applicants who submit their completed paperwork and have no automatic disqualifiers (per Sheriff's policy) listed on their PHS will be invited for a Physical Ability Test and Oral Board Interview directly through Spokane County Civil Service and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Effective August 14, 2018- Physical Ability Test scores for Lateral applicants given by Public Safety Testing are no longer accepted. 
    There are many benefits of being a Deputy Sheriff with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.