Archuleta County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Page

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I am Sheriff Richard Valdez with the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.  

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office is always looking to grow our team with talented individuals who believe in achieving great things together.

We are currently looking for individuals to fill a range of diverse positions within the organization, such as Patrol Deputies, Detention Deputies, Administrative Assistants, Wildland fire and more.  

To join our team, please review the current job postings, which can be found on the Archuleta County website.   After reviewing the available jobs, please complete one of the online applications and tell us a little about yourself. 

We are excited to hear from you and make you part of our team. 

Sheriff Richard Valdez 

Application Guide 

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment. No question or process is used for the purpose of limiting or excluding an applicant from consideration on a basis prohibited by local, state or federal law. Equal access to employment services and programs is available to all persons.

Through our rigorous qualification and testing process we ensure that only the most qualified individuals earn the right to wear our badge, If you feel that you have the integrity, character and abilities to proudly wear the uniform of a Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office you are invited submit and application.

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s office accepts applications for entry level and lateral patrol & detentions deputy positions as well as emergency operations and civilian positions. Our employment process begins by completing an employment application which must be submitted for an applicant to be considered. A resume may be submitted with, but not in lieu of the application form.  False or misleading statements during the interview and or on the application form are grounds for terminating the application process, or termination if discovered after employment. 

After review of an application a applicant may be invited to oral board interview. Depending on the position the applicant may be invited to complete a written assessment test, psychological assessment, pre-employment drug, physical agility test, background investigation and interview with the Sheriff.   

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in the testing process (American’s with Disabilities Act of 1991) Applicants who require reasonable accommodations to test should contact the Human Resources Administrator by the close of the application process. Accommodations must be requested prior to taking the testing components.  Please contact Tina Woodman, Human Resources Administrator at for information. 

An Important Message About Truthfulness
One of the fundamental requirements of working in law enforcement is the ability of an individual to adhere to and demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards.  The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office has an unwavering stand on untruthfulness and dishonesty that can result in the dismissal of an employee who engages in such misconduct.

The same standard applies to the hiring process.  Unfortunately, it is our experience that a number of applicants in each hiring process will fail due to such misconduct. 

If you are untruthful, dishonest, knowingly omit, falsify, conceal or obscure required information, or engage in any similar misconduct or deception during any part of the application and hiring process, you may be permanently disqualified from being employed by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.  Information regarding a candidate’s disqualification may also be made available to other law enforcement agencies with an authorized request. 

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 Lateral Patrol Deputy applicants may be eligible for a $5,000.00 sign on bonus.  Non POST certified Patrol Deputy applicants  may be eligible for a $8,000.00 POST Academy tuition stipend.  

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Submitting Applications
Employment applications must be submitted directly to:

Tina Woodman
Human Resources Administrator
449 San Juan St.
P.O. Box 1507
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Contact Human Resources
If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Department at (970) 264-8379, fax at (970) 264-1879 or e-mail