Position Description

Deputy Sheriff OPEN Recruitment 2020
Location MC - Wausau
MC Department Sheriff’s Office
Application Deadline Date 12/31/20
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Marathon County in Northcentral Wisconsin is a great place to live, work, visit and conduct business. Our county government is highly regarded and contributes to a high quality of life by:

  • ensuring public safety;
  • protecting natural resources;
  • preparing for emergency and disaster responses;
  • protecting vulnerable populations;
  • creating and maintaining a high quality infrastructure for transportation;
  • providing education and fostering economic development; and
  • using process improvement techniques to improve public services.

Marathon County employees enjoy competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and a range of excellent benefits,  including:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Wisconsin Retirement System defined benefit plan
  • Post employment health plan
  • Income continuation insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and holiday pay
  • 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Flexible spending account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Educational reimbursement program
  • Employee recognition programs and a positive workplace culture


Marathon County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce an OPEN recruitment for Deputy Sheriffs.  We are currently accepting applications on an ongoing basis.  Preliminary screening and assessments will be conducted to develop and maintain an eligibility list for future vacancies. 

Experienced law enforcement candidates are encouraged to apply and review the Lateral Entry Program agreement that allows for up to five (5) years of prior full-time service to be considered in the placement within the Deputy Sheriff pay scale and used for Paid Time Off (PTO) accruals.

Marathon County Deputy Sheriffs perform various law enforcement duties providing protection of life and property and the enforcement of federal, state and county laws and ordinances.  The regular work schedule is a cycle of 4 consecutive days of work with 2 consecutive days off including weekends and holidays. The regular work day is 8 hours, 25 minutes.  Officers will be assigned to one of three shifts.  Deputies serve an 18 month probationary period.



High school diploma or GED plus:

  • Current State of Wisconsin Sworn law enforcement officer certification; OR a minimum of 60 credits earned at an accredited college or technical school. Preference will be given to candidates with current State of Wisconsin Sworn Law Enforcement Officer certification.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and driving record that meets Sheriff's Office standards.
  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • United States citizen.
  • Applicants must not have been convicted of any federal felony or of any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
  • Applicants must not have been convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
  • Must be of good character to withstand an extensive background investigation.
  • NEW POLICY Regarding Residency:  Marathon County Deputies living outside of the county, MUST live within a 15-minute response time to county line.  


To be considered for employment you MUST complete TWO steps:

Step 1:    Complete the online application.  An email confirmation will be sent to you for this specific position if the application was submitted successfuly.

Step 2:    Complete a Personal History Form AND Release of Information Authorization – After you submit the online application, please return to the county website and complete these forms. (NOTE: Using the link below, before you complete the application will take you out of the application system.) The completed forms go directly to the Sheriff's Office and are required for a background investigation.  If you do not have all the support documentation requested, you can indicate you will supply at a later date.  These forms are available on the County's website, on the Sheriff's page under Employment Forms, or copy the link below.  http://www.co.marathon.wi.us/Departments/Sheriff/EmploymentForms.aspx



  • Patrols an assigned area in an automobile for the purposes of preventing and discovering crimes, and enforcing all applicable laws, ordinances, and traffic regulations.
  • Responds to calls for service as dispatched; provides necessary assistance to the public; takes appropriate enforcement action when necessary.
  • Makes arrests after observing law violations; transports prisoners to the County Jail for booking; prepares reports on action taken for record keeping purposes and for use in courtroom presentations as necessary.
  • May be required to operate intoximeter equipment in accordance with State standards and departmental policies.
  • Investigates accidents, sudden deaths, suicides, and any felonies or misdemeanors which may occur in the officer's area of responsibility.  Enters comments into department computers; dictates reports as required.
  • Utilizes various law enforcement software to complete required forms and reports.
  • Serves a variety of criminal and civil processes and arrest warrants.
  • Testifies in court as needed.
  • May maintain order and provide security services in courtrooms and other areas of the Courthouse.
  • Attends training classes and programs as required.  Required to maintain certifications in CPR, intoximeter, radar, DAAT, EVOC, PBT, and qualify semi-annually with department issued firearms.
  • Develops solutions to work issues that add value for our customers.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance.
  • Positions in this classification are subject to emergency call in.
  • May have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  Refer to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department Exposure Control Plan for more specific information.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of approved principles and practices of law enforcement work and of applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of the geography and demography of assigned area.
  • Knowledge of departmental rules and regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of first aid methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques and practice.
  • Ability to observe situations analytically and objectively, and to report and record them clearly and accurately.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and in the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles, as well as other departmental equipment.
  • Skill to deal courteously, yet firmly and effectively, with the public in police situations, of both an adversary and non-adversary nature.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in emergency situations, to act quickly and calmly in applying appropriate techniques.
  • Ability to learn thoroughly a wide variety of rules and police procedures.
  • Ability to learn various law enforcement computer systems and utilize knowledge in performing required job duties.
  • Skill in the use of computer software programs, functions, and operations.
  • Understands the County's and department's mission, core values, plans, and priorities for the future.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.


Starting hourly rate Deputy I:  $26.09 per hour ($54,265 annually) with advancement to $27.54 per hour ($57,279 annually) after 12 months and $29.00 per hour ($60,294 annually) after 18 months of service. 

New employees possessing prior work experience as a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff certified with the State of Wisconsin may be eligible for an additional wage increase after successfully completing the 18 month probationary period as a Deputy I.

Additionally, based on a Lateral Entry Agreement, an experienced, currently-employed full-time Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer with a minimum of three (3) continuous years in that capacity could enter the pay scale with a maximum credit of five years of prior service, at the level of a Deputy Sheriff III, with an hourly rate of $31.53 ($65,565 annually). This wage increase will take place immediately upon hire.




Candidates will not be reviewed until all application materials listed in Step 1 & Step 2 are received.  All candidates will be notified of their status.

Candidates selected for additional consideration will be contacted via email.  As soon as dates are selected for another round of the hiring assessment and interview with Sheriff Command Staff described below, selected candidates will be emailed.  

Complete and pass a candidate hiring assessment - The assessment will be administered at the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office. It will consist of an oral interview, scenario/simulation and report-writing. Qualified applicants will be invited via e-mail to take part in the assessment at a designated date and time. 

Interview with Sheriff's Command Staff - Upon successful completion of the hiring assessment, the top candidates will be selected for interviews with members of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office Senior Command Staff. This interview panel will consist of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Patrol Captain and other selected staffCandidates will be invited via e-mail to sign up for the interviews at a designated date and time.  A written background assessment may also be completed at this time.

Candidates will be notified within two (2) business days of their interview with the senior command staff of their status.  Candidates will either be moved forward in the process, placed on an eligibility list, or not selected for additional consideration. 

Candidates moving forward in the selection process will undergo an extensive background/criminal investigationverification of education and certification, verification of employment record, background/criminal check and a driving record check. 

Candidates offered employment will be required to submit to and pass the post-offer assessments:  physical and back exam, drug screen, fingerprinting, and a psychological assessment that are paid for by Marathon County.   




Marathon County will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Employee Resources Department office or phone (715) 261-1451 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.



Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the County not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Employee Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law. 

We invite you to view our Facebook page to learn more about the great advantages of working at the Marathon County Sheriff's Office, https://www.facebook.com/MarathonCountySO/  


Don't forget to submit the  Personal History Form AND Release of Information Authorization.


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