Job Opportunities

Employment Information

The employment of personnel of the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office is vested with the Sheriff in accordance with the employment policies of the Sheriff's Office and the City of Roanoke. These policies will apply to all persons seeking employment with the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office.

To apply please visit Jobs on the City of Roanoke's webpage.

The Roanoke City Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the American Disabilities Act.

The transfer, assignment and selection of employees will be based on department need and the ability of the employee to perform the required job.

Minimum Qualifications of Applicants

The following are the minimum requirements, which must be met by the applicant before considered eligible for possible employment with the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff. The fact that the applicant may meet the minimum requirements does not guarantee his or her employment. Only 1 applicant from a field of eligible applicants can be selected to fill a vacant position. The candidate must have the ability to perform the required job. Therefore, the applicant selected for employment will be the applicant who, in the opinion of the Sheriff, is considered to be the best candidate of those applicants which met the minimum requirements:
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • His or her eyes must be no less than 20/200 in both eyes with both eyes correctable to 20/20. Color blindness or shade blindness is disqualifying
  • Must be physically fit and height and weight must be in proportion
  • Must be a high school graduate or able to furnish documentary evidence of equivalency as recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia Compensation Board
  • Must have a valid Virginia driver's license and a good driving record
  • Must not have a police and/or criminal record
  • Must have a good credit rating/history
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation - The investigation will include confirming a good credit record, check of police and/or criminal record, driving records, health related information, work experience and work record, school records, personal character and reputation (interviews with neighbors, past employers, coworkers, associates, and/or others), etc.
  • Must sign a special "Condition of Employment Agreement" which requires employees to maintain good overall physical condition and restricts smoking or the use of tobacco products at any time
If employed, the applicant must successfully complete all mandatory training as established by the Sheriff for the city of Roanoke and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services within 12 months of employment.

Announcement of Employment Opportunities

The Office of Personnel Management for the City of Roanoke will receive applicants for employment on a continual basis, for the purpose of filling vacant positions. If no vacancies remain, applicants will be put on an eligibility list for future vacant positions.

Testing of Applicants

Each applicant will be required to submit to, and successfully pass both a written and physical agility test. The purpose of these examinations is to establish a minimum level of comprehensive knowledge and physical ability, deemed necessary to perform the essential job functions of a Deputy Sheriff. Should an applicant fail to successfully complete either the written or physical agility test, the applicant will be discontinued from the current applicant process, and required to retest at the next scheduled testing date.

Application Process

After submitting the online application, applicants must then schedule for their testing online. Test for Deputy Sheriff is the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Upon completion of the written and physical tests, Office of Personnel Management will score the tests and pass the information on to the Sheriff's authorized designee.
As positions within the Sheriff's Office becomes available, a requisition will be prepared and submitted to the Office of Personnel Management, indicating the position to be filled from the current eligibility list. Starting with the number 1 applicant on the eligibility list, the Office of Personnel Management will refer to the Sheriff's Office an appropriate number of applications, as deemed necessary by the Sheriff's Office, in order to conduct interviews and background investigations for the purpose of selecting the most qualified person. Once all positions have been filled, those applicants remaining on the eligibility list will remain as active candidates to be considered for future openings within the Sheriff's Office.

Initial Interview

Those applicants who successfully complete both testing processes will be interviewed by the Sheriff's authorized designate. The purpose of this interview is to gather personal information regarding the applicant to be used in the background investigation. Applicants will be required to submit those required documents and a Personal History Questionnaire and be fingerprinted before the background investigation begins.

Background Investigation

The Sheriff will assign an impartial investigator to conduct a thorough background investigation of the applicant. Background investigation includes but is not limited to criminal history, school records check, employment check, reference interviews, neighborhood checks, etc.

Oral Interview

Those applicants who successfully complete both the testing process and background investigation will be interviewed by the chief deputy sheriff. This interview is to assist the Sheriff in determining the desirability of each applicant for employment with the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office.

Evaluation Report

The chief deputy sheriff will submit to the Sheriff a written evaluation report and recommendation on each eligible applicant as soon as possible after the back ground investigation has been completed, for the purpose of rendering a conditional officer of employment.

Medical Examination

After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all applicants must submit to a medical examination performed by a medical doctor, through the Roanoke City Occupational Health Office. The applicant must successfully pass a physical examination which indicates that the applicant is physically competent for employment with the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office.

Selection of Applicant for Employment

The Sheriff has the final say in all matters relating to the selection of the most desirable individual for employment from those applicants which are considered eligible. His selection will be based, but not limited to, the following:
  • Application for Employment
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Background Investigation
  • Ability of an applicant to perform the job
  • Evaluation Report
  • Any other source which may be available to the Sheriff

Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Mandated Training

All applicants hired as deputy sheriffs must complete all training as required by the Sheriff and DCJS as mandated by state law.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for sworn employees will be 12 months from the date of hire. Civilian employees will have a probationary status of 6 months.

For more information, contact:

Background Investigator
Sgt. James Murphy
[email protected]