Founded in 1854, your Sheriff's Office is one of Washington's oldest and most respected sheriff offices. Responsible for law enforcement, corrections and emergency management, we serve a growing community of over 210,000 residents and are responsible for an area of over 2500 square miles along our international border with Canada.
Whatcom County's Sheriff is Bill Elfo. He heads a department of over 190 staff. The Corrections Division consists of the Main Jail, a maximum-security facility located downtown; the minimum-security Jail Work Center in the Irongate area; and a Jail Alternatives Center, which supervises programs (Electronic Home Detention/Monitoring, Work Release, In- and Out-of-Custody Work Crews) to allow offenders to satisfy court requirements without being held in the Jail.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office conducts on-going recruitment for Deputy Sheriff and Corrections Deputies. The Civil Service Commission maintains a continuous eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill openings as they become available.
Veteran's Preference is available to applicants based on military service. Please review the Hiring Process tab for more information.
Candidates who pass the above steps are placed on a ranked Civil Service Eligibility List. Veteran's who have passed an Oral Board examination shall be entitled to credit pursuant to Chapter 41.04.010 RCW that will be used in determining Eligibility List Ranking.
When openings occur, the Sheriff's Office invites select candidates from the eligibility list for further testing, to include: