Employment/Hiring Process

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The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office utilizes different hiring procedures for different positions within the agency.  Please be sure to carefully follow the steps for the specific position you are interested in applying for.

Applicants must successfully pass each phase of the process to be considered for employment.  Upon passing each step in the process, applicants will receive a written invitation to proceed to the next step.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office job postings can be found by visiting the Winnebago County Employment Opportunities page. For all positions, you must submit a Winnebago County Application for Employment through the Winnebago County Human Resources Department to be considered for the Sheriff's Office hiring process.

Patrol and Corrections applicants that are invited to the physical agility screening must complete the Waiver of Liability and present it at the time of the Physical agility screening.

All candidates that are invited to attend a personal interview must complete three forms: an Authorization For Release of Personal InformationWaiver Authorizing Disclosure of Information and Releasing Liability, and the Personal History Form All three forms along with the supporting documentation should be presented at the time of the interview. They will not be accepted prior to a candidate being invited to a personal interview.  

The specific steps in the hiring process are detailed below. If you have any questions regarding the hiring process, contact the Lieutenant of Professional Standards at 920-236-7341.


Hiring steps for Patrol, and Corrections Deputy

Current Corrections Hiring Process

Current Patrol Hiring Process


1.       Application

2.       Preliminary Interview Panel

3.       Personality Screening

4.       Physical Agility Screening(for non certified patrol candidates       only)  

 ·         Vertical Jump, 11.5 inches 

 ·         Push-ups, 18 continuous

 ·         Sit-ups, 24 in one minute 

 .         1.5 mile run in 20:20 minutes

5.       Background Investigation 

6.       Psychological Exam 

7.       Medical/Drug Screening


Hiring steps for Dispatcher and Civil Support Positions

Current Dispatch Hiring Process

1.       Application through Winnebago County Human Resources

2.       Typing Test- 35 WPM

3.       Written Exam (dispatch only)

4.       Interview Panel & Personality Screening

5.       Background Investigation


Hiring steps for Reserve Deputy

1.       Application through Winnebago County Human Resources 

2.       Interview Panel & Personality Screening

3.       Background Check 

4.       Psychological Exam

5.       Medical/Drug Screening