JOB OPENINGS: Currently accepting applications for entry-level and lateral Deputy Sheriff positions. Entry level Recruit Deputy Sheriff starts at $42,270. Deputy upon completion of the academy is $50,000. There is a three-year employment commitment upon completion of the academy.  Lateral level Deputy Sheriff starting salary is $50,000.

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The Queen Anne’s County Department of the Sheriff is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Hiring Process

At the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, we have our applicants go through a comprehensive series of tests and exams, each designed to narrow the field of applicants to advance only those who are most qualified. There are two different hiring processes for Deputy Sheriff, one for a certified police officer and one for an uncertified police officer.

For A Certified Police Officer:

If you are MPTC Certified or equivalent to for out of state officers, you are required to submit an application. Once the application is received the Sheriff’s Office will send you a letter with a date and time for the interview board.

Benefits include:

Maryland LEOPS Retirement Participant

Personal Patrol Vehicle Program

Health Insurance

Paid Leave

All Equipment and Uniforms Provided

For an Uncertified Police Officer:

Benefits include:

Maryland LEOPS Retirement Participant

Personal Patrol Vehicle Program

Health Insurance

Paid Leave

All Equipment and Uniforms Provided

Basic Application:

The initial application and prescreening questionnaire convey an applicant’s interest and eligibility. Once an application is received you will receive a letter in the mail with the test date. All applications are good for one year and we are ALWAYS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

Written Exam:

The written exam is a standardized test used to assess general aptitude and does not require any knowledge specific to law enforcement. The written exam tests an applicant’s reading comprehension, problem-solving/judgment skills, memory and writing skills. You will know by the end of the test if you passed or failed. If you passed, you will be given a date for the physical agility test. Once the written test has started NO ONE will be able to enter late. We do not reschedule test dates unless it is an emergency. We do not give out the ranking position.

Physical Agility Test:

Once you pass your written exam you will be given a physical agility test. In an effort to assess a candidate’s ability to complete an entrance level police academy the Office of the Sheriff requires untrained applicants to complete a physical agility test. For the purpose of this section, an untrained applicant is an applicant that must attend entrance level academy to obtain certification as a police officer. The agility test is based on assessments which have been shown to have a high probability of determining job function readiness as it pertains to law enforcement functions. The tests are a percentage of what will be required for successful completion of the entrance level academy. Successful completion of these tests will be one requirement of the hiring process.

Three assessments are required to be completed by the applicant.

Bent-leg sit ups in one minute
Age Male                        Minimum to pass Female                   Minimum to pass
20-29 29 24
30-39 26 19
40-49 22 15
50+ 18 11
Pushups in one minute
20-29 22 11
30-39 18 8
40-49 14 7
50+ 10 7
1.5 mile run
20-29 16:04 19:17
30-39 17:00 19:57
40-49 18:06 21:13
50+ 19:17 22:24

Before an applicant will be allowed to participate in this assessment, he or she must complete the waiver to participate in physical agility testing form and have this form signed by his or her physician. This form validates that the applicant is physically able to participate in the physical agility screening test without undue risk. As well it advises the candidate that the Office of the Sheriff is not responsible or liable for any injuries an applicant may receive while participating in this assessment. You will know at the end of the test if you passed or failed.

Oral Interview Board:

The oral interview board is a two-man interview board. Oral interviews serve as a chance to discuss your qualifications and gauge your fit with the agency. During the oral interview, you will be evaluated on your general appearance and demeanor, communication skills, understanding of and interest in policing as a career, and response to questions and scenarios. After the oral interview you will be ranked, and kept on file for one year. We won’t proceed further until there are openings. Depending on the openings and rankings that will determine how many background investigations we complete.

Background Investigation:

A thorough background check will be conducted to ensure that you do not have any personal or professional issues that would preclude you from our agency. Background investigators will review your employment history, character references, academic records, residency history, criminal history, credit history, and driving record.  A background investigation typically includes a fingerprint check and interviews with those who know you, including previous employers, school or military personnel, neighbors and family members.

Drug Testing:

Drug tests are routinely administered to check for the presence of illegal substances.


A polygraph will be administered, commonly known as a “lie detector test”, to verify information submitted throughout the application process.

Psychological Testing:

Just as we want to ensure you are physically fit for the job, we also want to ensure that you are psychologically stable and mentally fit to handle the job. This evaluation is made through a written psychological exam and a follow up with an interview by a psychologist.

Medical Exam:

Generally, only those applicants who have been given a conditional contract offer of employment will be subject to the medical exam. This physical exam will evaluate if you are medically fit to meet the physical requirements of the job. This is conducted by the department certified physician and paid for by the county, with no cost to the applicant.