Kent County Government - Job Description
Deputy Sheriff

FSLA Status: Non Exempt
Closing Date: April 29, 2015

Contact 410-778-4595 for application

The Sheriff’s Office of Kent County is currently accepting applications for a Deputy Sheriff. This is a full performance level position with rotating shifts. Must be a U.S. citizen, high school graduate/GED, 21 years of age, have excellent moral character, have no criminal background, and possess a valid driver’s license. Salary range $42,185 with comprehensive benefits package, including Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System (LEOPS). Application and job specification may be obtained from the County Commissioners’ Office, 400 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620, and (410)778-4595. Receipt of application is required by Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. All applicants approved for hire must pass a background investigation and screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Equal Opportunity Employer.


This is law enforcement work at the entry level. An employee in this class will complete an accredited police academy basic course of instruction and work with a field training officer until the employee proves his proficiency in performing the required duties.

Performance is reviewed frequently to determine progress of the probationary deputy in learning techniques and applying what was learned.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Examples are only to illustrate the type of work to be performed)

Attends and graduates from a Maryland Police Training commission approved Training Academy.

Learns to serve civil summonses; to serve as defense witnesses; to make evictions on warrants of restitution.

Learns to safely arrest persons upon whom a criminal warrant has been issued; to execute bench warrants and warrants issued by other jurisdictions.

Learns to patrol the county's roads; to notice and investigate unusual occurrences; to perform surveillance; to guard and transport detainees; to enforce County Ordinances; to respond to requests for assistance; to maintain an accurate notebook; to testify in court; to maintain a police vehicle; and to perform other duties as assigned.

Responds to criminal complaints and arrests subjects as necessary by law.

Learns to conduct follow-up investigations on criminal cases.

Performs courtroom security duties.


Gains knowledge of Article 27, Annotated Code of Maryland; of the Motor Vehicle Code; what is probable cause; of those County Ordinances which require enforcement by the Sheriff; of preventive maintenance for motor vehicles and firearms as well as restraining devices; of the geography of the County; of human psychology; of report writing.

Acquires skills in handling of firearms and restraining devices; in defensive driving; in the interviewing of complainants and in the interrogation of suspects.

Learns to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to determine proper courses of action; to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others; to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions; to write effectively; to continue to meet such specific physical, mental, emotional, experience, and other requirements as may be established by the Sheriff.

Provides emergency care to sick or injured individuals.


Must be able to: see and read the normal size typed print; knowledge of basic computer skills; see at night; discern colors; hear the normally spoken word at 12 feet; smell; communicate clearly and concisely; lift, pull and push 25 lbs.; subdue a person of equivalent weight; stand or sit for a period in excess of 1 hour; walk and/or run for a distance of 1 mile without a break; climb stairs and ladders; jump 2 feet to get off automotive equipment; kneel for a period in excess of 15 minutes; bend over to pick up an item; crawl on stomach and occasionally on back; turn while lying down, from front to back and reverse without rising; carry 75 lbs. up or down an 8 foot ladder; carry 75 lbs. on the ground for 50 yards; determine if an item is hot, cold or slippery; grasp items; work in confined spaces; work out-of-doors during inclement weather.


Graduation from an accredited high school; one year of work experience in a position dealing with the public.


An equivalent of two years of college, preferably in a law enforcement related field.


Maryland Class C Driver's License and current certification as a first responder.


AA Degree in Law Enforcement.


Be in residence or move into residence within 20 miles of Chestertown within ninety days after appointment.

Be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

Have height in proportion to weight.

Be of excellent moral character.

Be able to pass a background investigation.

Be able to pass a urinalysis test.

Must maintain the ability to execute "Essential Functions" while in this class.

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