CAREER Opportunities

Start your Career Journey by joining the Shelby County AL Sheriff's Office Family! (An Equal Opportunity Employer)

The SCLEPB invites qualified applicants to apply online for positions within the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Exams are given monthly for Deputy Sheriff and Jail Deputy and Administration/Clerical/Support Services as needed.

SALARIES & APPLICATION PROCESS

SALARIES & BenEFITS

**Salary and benefits information were current as of 10/01/2022, but are subject to change.**

Deputy Sheriff

Provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Shelby County, with primary responsibilities to the unincorporated areas, including the performance of the basic police tasks of protecting life and property, preserving the peace, preventing and suppressing crime, and the apprehension of violators of the law.

Non-APOSTC: Deputy Sheriff annual salary range with incentives: $55,213 – $97,851 (Salary high-end estimate includes fitness incentives, all education incentives, holiday pay, and 84-hour bi-weekly paychecks. Starting salary may be higher with college education, law enforcement experience, and military experience.)

Prior APOSTC with at least four years experience: Deputy Sheriff annual salary range with incentives: $66,515 – $97,851  (Salary high-end estimate includes fitness incentives, all education incentives, holiday pay, and 84-hour bi-weekly paychecks. Starting salary may be higher with college education, law enforcement experience, and military experience.)

Jail Deputy

Perform routine security work in maintaining order and discipline among inmates held in the Shelby County Correctional Facility.
 
Jail Deputy annual salary range with incentives: $46,586 – $84,165 (Salary high-end estimate includes fitness incentives, all education incentives, holiday pay, and 84-hour bi-weekly paychecks. Starting salary may be higher with college education, law enforcement experience, and military experience.)
 

Support Services

Support Services salaries vary depending upon assignment.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Full-time employees at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office receive the following employment benefits:

Insurance

We offer competitive insurance premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical Insurance and Delta Dental Insurance (Employer pays 92% of premiums).

  • Single Medical and Dental Insurance Premium Employee Cost – approximately $50 per month.
  • Family Medical and Dental Insurance Premium Employee Cost – approximately  $110.00 per month.
  • Options for Additional Supplemental Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, and Disability Insurance Offered
  • Continued insurance coverage after retirement if certain conditions are met

Other Benefits

  • Longevity Pay (Up to $900 annually)
  • Education Incentives ($3000.00 per year payment for qualified Master’s Degree)
  • Fitness Incentive (2% above base pay rate, up to 16 hours of paid leave per year)
  • Paid Vacation (Up to 204 hours annually; tiered by years of service with agency)
  • Sick Leave (96 hours per year)
  • Personal Paid Days Off (16 hours per year)
  • Tier 1 Alabama State Retirement System
  • Take-Home Vehicle (Deputy Sheriff living in Shelby County or any county touching Shelby County after completing probationary employment period)

Specialized Assignments and Training

Employees completing their probationary period may be eligible to apply for specialized units and training within the agency, including but not limited to: Tactical Response Unit, Crisis Negotiations Unit, CERT Team, EOD, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, Criminal Investigations Division, School Resource Officer, Marine Patrol, K9, Honor Guard, Traffic Homicide Unit, Project Lifesaver, Peer Support, Field Training Officer, Mobile Field Force Operations, Jail Intelligence Officer, Jail Classification Officer, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and TASER Instructor, and Federal Task Force attachments.

APPLY TODAY

All applications for employment must be submitted to the Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Board by completing the application by clicking here.

You will be redirected from the LEPB website to a NeoGov website to complete the application. Once your application is received, you will be contacted regarding a date to complete a basic assessment computerized test in person. These tests are administered approximately once per month.

Application Process

After completing your computerized test, applicants that pass with a 70% or above will have their applications forwarded to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office by the Shelby County Personnel Board. A background check will then be performed on these applications, including a criminal history, driving history, and credit history.

The Sheriff’s Office will then begin calling applicants for initial interviews that pass the background check, depending on position availability. Any application that passes the background check is valid for 1 year from the computerized testing date, and you may be called in for an interview at any time during that 1 year period. Applications with prior law enforcement experience, military experience, and college education may be given preference for the first interviews.

If an applicant for the positions of Deputy Sheriff or Jail Deputy is moved forward after the initial screening, they will be given a physical fitness test. Applicants for a Support Services position will not have to complete a physical fitness test. 

Deputy Sheriff applicants must complete the APOSTC agility course and the following requirements: 22 push-ups in one minute, 25 sit-ups in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes and 28 seconds.

Jail Deputy applicants must complete an agility course created by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.   This Jail Deputy test will include the following: Applicant will run 50 yards then step over a 27 inch hurdle before ducking under a 42 inch hurdle.  The applicant will complete this step twice.   The applicant will then cross a 10 foot balance beam.  The applicant will then complete another 50 yard sprint to a dummy simulating a downed person.  The applicant will then drag the dummy 10 feet.  This agility course is to be completed within 90 seconds.  

An initial interview will be scheduled following the completion of the physical fitness requirements.    

Once an applicant completes the initial interview, they may be scheduled for a polygraph examination. The polygrapher will question the applicant about answers on the initial application and interview, as well as criminal history, driving history, and credit history.

Applicants that successfully pass the polygraph examination may be scheduled for a psychological examination. This examination will test an applicant’s mental fitness and capacity for the field of law enforcement.

Applicants that successfully pass the psychological examination may be scheduled for a final interview with Sheriff Samaniego. After this interview, the Sheriff may offer the applicant a conditional job offer. This offer is conditional upon a doctor’s physical and drug screening, which is scheduled after the conditional offer is made.

All applicants will complete an in-house training program depending upon their assignment. Deputy Sheriff applicants who are not APOSTC certified will be enrolled in an upcoming Police Academy, which lasts 14 weeks.  There is a lateral academy that last 3 weeks for qualifying out-of-state candidates.

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