Recruitment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q When do positions open up?
A There is no pre-determined schedule for position openings. Job openings are based on vacancies within the Sheriff's Office.

Q Where and when do I apply?
A You may view and apply for open positions here:

Q Do I have to apply online, or can I drop an application off at the Sheriff’s Office?
A Online applications are preferred and are the most efficient way to apply. Hard-copy applications are accepted at the Sonoma County Human Resources office.

Q I just turned in the application. When will I hear something? Who will contact me? 
A After an application is submitted on the County’s website, the County Human Resources Department sends an eligibility list to the Sheriff’s Office. Then, a Sheriff’s Office representative will notify you by phone to schedule an oral interview. If you fail to meet the minimum qualifications, County Human Resources will notify you.

Q How long does the entire hiring process take?
A Generally, the process can take up to 90 days from the time of the interview. The most time consuming aspects of the process are related to contacting the applicants’ employers and references.

Q What kinds of criminal offenses will prevent me from being hired?
A The Department will not consider applicants with felony convictions.

Q I have bad credit. Will that prevent me from getting hired?
A Credit related issues are not an automatic disqualification. Although applicants with outstanding collections accounts, a pattern of late payments or pending civil actions may have difficulty in the background investigation process. Explanations to the above mentioned circumstances will be considered.

Q What are your drug standards?
A You may view the Sheriff's Office drug standards by clicking here.

Q If I have a medical marijuana card, can I still apply?
A Refer to the Sheriff's Office drug standard by clicking here. There are no exceptions to these standards.

Q How is the Sheriff’s Office hiring process unique from other jobs?
A The Department is dedicated to selecting the most qualified candidate for the position. Our selection process includes an assessment of work history, financial responsibility, criminal behavior and other factors that help portray a person’s character, maturity, ability to make decisions, and desire for self improvement. The hiring process also includes a medical and psychological evaluation for some positions as well as a polygraph exam. Detailed information about the requirements for positions can be found at