Archuleta County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Page

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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.

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. 

Disqualifying Factors
Minimum Qualifications            

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