Employment Opportunities

There are two sworn entry level positions within the Clarke County Sheriff's Office; Detention Officer, and Deputy Sheriff. There is currently a $3000, one-time signing bonus for both positions.

DETENTION OFFICER: (Entry level starting salary $33,109 annually)
The C.C.S.O Detention Officer ensures security and protection of property of the jail facility, completes the admission process of inmates, prevent escapes, controls behavior of inmates, protects inmates from each other, and provides for the well-being of inmates. The incumbent must be diligent in maintaining an inmate count, overseeing the dispensing of medication, and be able to take personal property of inmates. The incumbent must also adhere to definite standard operating procedures established by the Office to ensure that the inmates' constitutional rights are observed. A person in this position does not supervise other employees.

Detention Officer Requirements:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license.
  • United States Citizen.
  • 20 years of age at time of hiring.
  • Must complete Basic Jail Certification Course and all additional jail training requirements when scheduled.
  • This position requires a 12-month probationary period

Click HERE to apply for Detention Officer


DEPUTY SHERIFF:  (Entry level starting salary $36,306 annually)
The C.C.S.O. Deputy Sheriff preserves the peace and enforces the laws of the State of Georgia. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, protecting life and property, enforcing state laws, maintaining jail security, serving warrants and civil papers, assisting in court security, transporting prisoners, performing necessary functions to ensure safety and well-being of inmates, employees and visitors.

Deputy Sheriff Requirements:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license. 
  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Must be at least 20 years of age.
  • Requires ability to meet and maintain current certification requirements set forth in the Georgia Mandate Law Enforcement Training Act/Peace Officer's Standards and Training Act.
  • This position requires a 12-month probationary period.

Click HERE to apply for Deputy Sheriff

Below are qualifications that may entitle Deputy Sheriffs to
salary above the annual entry rate (max of $2400):

• 2 years of active duty military service------------------------------------------------------------------------$600
• 3 years of active duty military service------------------------------------------------------------------------$900
• 4 years of active duty military service---------------------------------------------------------------------$1,200
• Possess the Georgia Peace Officer Certification prior to employment---------------------------$1,200
• Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Degree from an accredited college/technical school
or 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours------------------------------------------------------------------$1,200
• College Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college/university----------------------------$2,400

*Qualification                                    Entry Rate              After 6 Months            After 12 Months
Minimum                                              $36,306                    $37,668                          $39,031
2 Years Active Military Service            $36,906                    $38,268                          $39,631
3 Years Active Military Service            $37,206                    $38,568                          $39,931
4 Years Active Military Service            $37,506                    $38,868                          $40,231
Georgia P.O.S.T. Certified                   $37,506                    $38,868                          $40,231
Assoc. Degree in Criminal Justice       $37,506                    $38,868                          $40,231
College Baccalaureate Degree            $38,706                    $40,068                          $41,431





Now is a great time to join our Team!

Job Opportunities
We are pleased you are interested in employment with the Clarke County Sheriff's Office. Our employees are motivated, hard-working, public-service oriented, competent men and women who have high personal ethics. They provide Athens-Clarke County with a wide range of law enforcement services.

We have set high standards for our employees. It is our policy to hire the best qualified applicants for any open position. The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is an equal opportunity employer.

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                   Detention Officer                     Deputy Sheriff




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