Deputy Sheriff I

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Nevada City, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $78,067.56 - $95,304.36 Annually USD

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics


* * * UP TO $5,000 HIRING BONUS * * *

Are you interested in making a difference in your community? We are looking for deputies to join our law enforcement family! Candidates must have a passion for protecting, advocating, and enforcing laws for the safety of our community. The law enforcement field is exciting, and it provides opportunities for professional development and growth with the potential of promotion.

If you are interested in starting a career in law enforcement with our agency and are motivated to join our team after learning about us and what we do to make a difference in our community, apply to be a part of our team. We want to meet you!

Recruitment incentives-between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00 paid over a 1-year period (either new or lateral hires). The recruitment incentive is paid in two parts, half upon hire and the remainder paid upon completion of a 12-month probation period.

Relocation Incentives, Referral Bonuses, Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Repayments are also available to qualified candidates!

The County of Nevada offers additional pay incentives in addition to the monthly salary:
  • Intermediate POST 2.5% of monthly base salary
  • Advanced POST 5% of monthly base salary
  • AA/AS Degree $175.00 per month
  • BA/BS Degree $275.00 per month
If you are looking for a more diverse career, we have an opportunity for you. Consider working as a Deputy Sheriff in one of California's most breathtaking regions, in a community that supports law enforcement, and in an organization that supports each other. Here you will feel like family instead of just a number.

This is a full-time position and the County of Nevada offers an extensive benefit package including, but not limited to, CalPERS retirement, medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts (FSA). Nevada County is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program through the Department of Education.


Tier I 3% @ 50
(Classic-former employees originally hired on or before 12/13/12 and are returning to Nevada County) .
Tier II 3% @ 55
(Hired by a CalPERS employer between 7/24/11-12/31/12 and coming to Nevada County with less than 6-months between separation from former CalPERS employer and hire date with Nevada County).
Tier III PEPRA 2.7% @ 57
(Hired by any CalPERS employer on or after 1/1/13).

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Read the full job description for more information.


Examples of Duties

Here are some duties performed by our Deputy Sheriffs:
  • Patrols assigned areas in a vehicle, boat, UTV, or on foot and answers calls for protection of life and property
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, interrogates witnesses, collects evidence, and takes statements in connection with suspected criminal activities; substantiates findings of fact in court
  • Assists and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in investigations and arrests; maintains departmental files and records
  • If assigned to a contract city/town, provides for the investigation and documentation of traffic collisions, apprehension and arrest of persons driving under the influence, and routine traffic law enforcement
  • Performs jailer and/or bailiff duties as assigned

Education and Experience Required

The Minimum Age for Peace Officers is 21 years of age effective of January 1, 2022.

Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade.
Completion of at least 30 units of college education is desired from an accredited college or university.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid driver's license within 30 days of hire.

Proof of either A) or B) listed below, must be submitted at the time of application:

A) Completion of POST basic training course within six (6) years if never employed as a peace officer or three (3) years if employed as a peace officer;


(B) Completion of POST basic requalification course administered by the State Commission on POST with no longer than a three (3) year break of employment as a peace officer (possession of a valid POST Basic certificate will satisfy this requirement).

A valid PELLETB T-Score of 43 or higher is required. The score must be no older than 3 years from the date of application and must be submitted on agency letterhead at time of application.

The POST PELLETB exam is conducted by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office for all candidates who do not hold a valid POST T-SCORE.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Mobility and strength to reach, bend, grasp, climb and run; strength and agility to restrain people alone or with the assistance of others while wearing required equipment, and lift or maneuver people weighing more than 165 pounds; ability to sit for extended periods of time in a patrol vehicle; manual dexterity to operate restraints, firearms, standard office equipment, radio and telephone controls; vision sufficient to qualify for firearms certification; speech and hearing to communicate in person, by telephone and radio.
Willingness and ability to work rotating shifts, on-call, weekends and holidays.
Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.

Other Requirements:
Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship at least one year prior to application.
Must submit to and pass a psychological evaluation, medical examination and a background investigation.

Benefits Guide
The Benefits Guide is a comprehensive document for employees of the County of Nevada. Information contained in this summary of benefits is not a binding document. Refer to specific unit summaries and agreements (MOUs) for additional benefit information for each employee group.

Health Insurance
The County sponsored plan for 2024 is the PERS Gold PPO, but you can also choose plans from providers such as Anthem, Blue Shield, and PORAC (if you are a member) to suit your needs.

2024 Health Insurance Plans
  • Anthem Select HMO
  • Anthem Traditional HMO
  • Blue Shield CalPERS Access+ HMO
  • Blue Shield Trio HMO
  • Kaiser HMO
  • PERS Gold PPO (County sponsored plan)
  • PERS Platinum PPO
  • PORAC (Available to PORAC members only)
Flexible Spending Accounts
The County offers employees the option to contribute to a pre-tax medical FSA and dependent Care FSA.

Life Insurance
Voya is the County's life insurance provider. We offer the following products through Voya:
  • Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Basic Term Life
  • Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment plans
  • Optional Dependent Term Life
  • Optional Term Life

Dental & Vision Insurance
Nevada County employees can opt to receive dental and vision insurance without opting for health insurance coverage as well. This will give employees more flexibility to match their choice of insurance plans to their specific needs. Delta Dental is the dental provider offered through Nevada County and VSP Vision Care is our vision care provider.

The County is a member of the CalPERS retirement system and provides the opportunity for voluntary contributions to a 457 deferred compensation account through Nationwide by way of pre-tax and Roth payroll deductions.

CalPERS Miscellaneous Tiers:

Tier 1 (Classic-former employee originally hired on or before 12/13/12 and are returning to Nevada County) 2.7% @ 55

Tier 2 (Hired by a CalPERS employer between 12/14/12-12/31/12 and coming to Nevada County with less than 6 months between separation from former CalPERS employer and hire date with Nevada County) 2%@60

Tier 3 (Hired by first CalPERS employer on or after 1/1/13 or having a break in service of more than six months between another CalPERS employer and Nevada County) 2%@62

CalPERS Safety tiers:

Tier 1 (Classic-former employees originally hired on or before 12/13/12 and are returning to Nevada County) 3% @ 50.

Tier 2 (Hired by a CalPERS employer between 7/2411-12/31/12 and coming to Nevada County with less than 6-months between separation from former CalPERS employer and hire date with Nevada County) 3% @ 55.

Tier 3 (Hired by any CalPERS employer on or after 1/1/13) 2.7% @ 57.

We encourage you to visit the CalPERS home page, , to search related information about the retirement plans noted here so that you fully understand what your retirement formula means to you.

Any information on this page or documents and links are subject to change without notice.

Nevada County Human Resources Department
950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-7010 option 2

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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