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Disqualifiers for Deputy Sheriff Position

The Island County Sheriff’s Office will automatically disqualify any individual who has at any time:

Been convicted of a felony (or pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to a felony charge) or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Washington State, or has been incarcerated for any crime.

  • Unlawfully sold marijuana, narcotics or dangerous drugs.
  • Unlawfully used of any narcotic or dangerous drug by injection.
  • Unlawfully used of any dangerous drugs or narcotics other than for experimentation within the past 7 years. (The use of an illegal drug is presumed to be more than experimental if use exceeds a total of 2 times in the past 7 years.)
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
  • Had a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
  • Received more than 4 moving traffic violations within the preceding 3 years; or any criminal traffic citations within the past 5 years. (including, but not limited to  reckless driving, driving while license suspended, driving while intoxicated etc.)
  • Been involved in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years    for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of "guilty" or "no contest".
  • Been previously employed as a law enforcement agent and since has committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
  • Committed any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County laws.
  • Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
  • Falsified his or her personal history questionnaire or application, or failed to disclose pertinent information.
  • Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
  • Unlawful sexual misconduct.
  • Any sustained finding of dishonesty against candidate from previous law enforcement employer, (Brady Material).

Discretionary Disqualifiers:

The following disqualifiers may, upon review by Island County Sheriff's Office, make you ineligible to become an Island County Deputy Sheriff:

  • Alcohol or substance misuse and/or abuse.
  • Excessive traffic violations.
  • Commission of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor.
  • A demonstrated unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.
  • Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
  • An inability to perform the essential functions of a Police Officer.