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DGSO Employment DGSO February 6, 2020
Interested in working for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office?
We have current opportunities you should consider!
Corrections Officers

New entry staff begin training as Corrections Officers. It can be a career or a foundation.

Law Enforcement

Corrections Officers can apply for Law Enforcement training if they choose.

Sheriff Armbrister

Sheriff Jay T. Armbrister

Civilian Administrative Positions

These may include departments such as Information Technology, Reentry Services, Clerical Positions and Jail Facility Operations.

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About the core positions of the Sheriff’s Office

Corrections Officer

Corrections Officers work at the Douglas County Correctional Facility, a state-of-the art, 186-bed direct supervision facility for adults. It is the job of the corrections officer to maintain the safety and security of everyone within the facility. Duties include supervising inmates, conducting safety and security inspections, providing access to health care facilities, and conducting housing, feeding, bedding, and well-being activities. There are various job positions open to corrections officers, which can include: Housing Unit Officer, Booking Officer, Classifications, Court Liaison, Escort, Central Control. Corrections officer levels range from 1 to 4. Employees are eligible to begin the promotion process, whether to another corrections officer level or to deputy, one year after having successfully completed the probationary period.


A Deputy is a certified law enforcement officer through the state of Kansas. Deputies perform general and specialized police work involving the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Deputies are responsible for taking calls for service, patrolling to deter and detect crime, investigating complaints, citing and/or arresting law violators, following up on pending reports and cases, preparing and/or serving civil processes, protecting persons and property, and securing and protecting prisoners. There are various job positions open to deputies, which can include: Patrol, Corrections, Court Security, Transports, Detectives, Warrants, and Drug Enforcement Unit.

Job Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age to apply for corrections officer. 
  • Must be 21 years of age to apply for deputy. 
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a valid driver’s license. 
  • Must also have basic computer skills, good written skills, and good communication skills. 
  • Must be able to pass a background check, which includes a polygraph, and a drug screen.
Competitive Salary
  • Corrections Officers start at $19.76/hour
  • Commissioned deputies are offered a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
Excellent Benefits
  • Health, dental and vision benefits package.
  • Other benefits include sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and holiday pay (when applicable).
  • Retirement plans through KPERS or KP&F. Approved VA programs available.
  • New employees immediately start accruing 4.5 hours of vacation leave and 4.75 hours of sick leave every pay period (two weeks). These hours increase after every five years employed with the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Eight hours of personal leave are also awarded to employees in one calendar year.
  • There are also nine holidays in a calendar year that employees are either paid (if not worked) or receive holiday pay (if worked).
  • Corrections officers and deputies are provided all of their uniforms (except footwear) and equipment needed for their job.
  • Employees also have access to an on-site gym, track and obstacle course.
  • Dry Cleaning Services
Diverse Opportunity

Aside from regular job duties, Sheriff’s Office employees have an opportunity to participate in a variety of specialized teams or earn additional certifications, which can include:

  • Underwater Search and Recovery Team
  • Disturbance Control Team
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Honor Guard
  • Project Lifesaver Search Specialist
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Accident Reconstruction Team
  • Field Training Officer/Jail Training Officer
  • Certified Training Instructors
The Application Process Slideshow
5 Steps - Step-by-Step
Step #1
Complete the pre-screening Questionnaire. Link available under the Employment menu. Passing this step then provides a link to our Application.
Step #2
Complete the Online Job Application.
Step #3
Complete a Physical and Written Test, as well as a Panel Interview. When passed you receive a Personal History Packet to fill out.
Step #4
Complete the Personal History Packet. When submitted, you can schedule a background interview and polygraph examination.
Step #5
Complete an interview with a Background Investigator and having the Polygraph examination. This completes the application process.
Successful applicants receive a conditional job offer, dependent on passing a drug screening test.

Testing Details

Physical test: Must score 15% or higher on pushups (in one minute), sit ups (in one minute) and 300 M-timed run for your age/gender group as set on the Cooper Standards. (See Below) You must pass at least two of the three tests.

Written test: Tested over reading comprehension, writing, and problem solving that includes a combination of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Interview: Panel interview with current Sheriff’s Office personnel


  • Successful applicants receive a conditional job offer dependent on passing a drug screening test
  • Corrections Officers start a 13-week recruit academy.
  • Those hired on lateral transfers wil be assigned based on the needs of the agency.
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