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The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office employs Law Enforcement Deputies, Correctional Deputies and Telecommunication Deputies. The staff of Deputies are employed through an application and testing process which is conducted annually or as needed by the Bureau County Sheriff’s Merit Commission. This Commission is a separate entity of Bureau County government. When appropriate, the Commission will place governmental advertising within the local newspapers making the application process available. This will provide pertinent information on the application process, duties, benefits and salary that is offered when employed by the Sheriff.

When you have successfully completed the application and required tests, you will be placed on an eligibility list as a candidate for Deputy Sheriff. This list will be used when it becomes necessary to employ a Deputy Sheriff. As a reminder, all Deputies must be (or become) a resident of Bureau County, be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age and meet any additional criteria that may be established by the Commission. You will be required to be physically fit, and capable of successfully passing the required fitness and academic tests as prescribed by the State of Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Failure to pass any of the required tests or inquiries may result in your removal from the eligibility list. You will be subjected to a variety of additional requirements, which will include (but not be limited to) a polygraph exam, physical and psychological exam and background investigation.

Of importance to military veterans: The Bureau County Sheriff's Office is now qualified and approved as a military veteran's training facility. Under the provisions of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, qualified veterans will receive monthly benefits in addition to their salary for their time in training with the Bureau County Sheriff's Office. See your veteran’s representative for detailed information.

Sheriff Reed and the Merit Commission would like to encourage all interested persons to apply and test for the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office. However, he would also remind those who wish to serve as a Deputy Sheriff that Honesty, Integrity and Trust, when combined with maturity and common sense are the “Best” tools in law enforcement and that is what he looks for in a Deputy Sheriff. We are here to professionally serve our citizens of Bureau County.

Members of the Bureau County Sheriff's Merit Commission

Commissioner Terry Madsen
Princeton, IL 61356

Commissioner Raymond White
Ohio, IL 61349

Commissioner Richard Fisher, Sr.
Tiskilwa, Illinois 61368


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