DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Employment

Click on the job title below to access the preapplication. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is seeking highly motivated, self-disciplined, career-oriented men and women interested in criminal justice careers. The detention profession is one of the fastest growing career fields today. We offer a rewarding career, competitive pay and excellent benefits in a professional, progressive agency.

You are only permitted to apply for ONE position. Applicants that apply for multiple positions will not be considered; accordingly, please select your desired position below and submit ONE application. Thank You.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer. Thank you for your interest in our agency.

After you complete the preliminary background forms, the application booklet, sign all waivers and provide necessary documentation, we will conduct a background investigation which, depending upon the type of position for which you apply, may include psychological, integrity, physical efficiency, polygraph, and other job-related testing to determine if you have the abilities, character traits, and skills necessary to perform the essential functions of the job.
You may be rejected during this time, or at any other phase of the pre-employment process, based on test or interview results, background information received, or your failure to provide needed documentation or to complete testing as scheduled. 

Applicants successfully completing the initial background investigation will be interviewed by an Affirmative Action Panel (the Review Board), which will make a recommendation to the Sheriff rating all applicants then appearing before the panel. 

Based on the recommendations of the Review Board and results of your background investigation, the Sheriff will make a conditional offer of employment only to those considered to be the “best qualified” of all applicants then under consideration for employment.  Those not selected will be so advised. 

Following a conditional offer of employment, you are required to complete a confidential postoffer medical questionnaire, and you will be required to successfully complete a standard DeKalb County medical examination, and you may be required to submit to additional physical or mental testing, predicated on the results of that medical exam, in conjunction with other background information. Reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled applicants will be fully considered. 

Applicants successfully completing all prior stages of the pre-employment process will be offered employment in the first available position for which they applied.

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Job Description

Sheriff's Detention Officer  (Full Time)
Job Type:: Detention Officer

DUTIES: Maintaining order and supervising inmates in the DeKalb County Jail. This includes, but is not limited to: maintaining records, administering fingerprints, searching prisoners, issuing clothing and assigning quarters, inspecting prisoners’ quarters to detect possession of any unauthorized objects, supervising inmates’ cleaning activities, supervising the feeding of inmates, and supervising the operation of the jail laundry.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: High School diploma or GED from an Accredited Agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Possess a valid driver’s license upon completion of pre-employment application, but a Georgia driver’s license upon accepting a Conditional Offer of Employment. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must not have any Felony or Domestic Violence conviction(s) or any open charges. Must not show a pattern of multiple misdemeanors.

  4 Year College Degree Without College Degree
Starting Annual $39,029.00 $37,170.00
Beginning Monthly $3,352.42 $3,097.50

Employees are required to begin their county employment at the minimum salary specified for the class.

ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS: Opportunities for promotion, group insurance protection covers major medical, dental and eye care, 15 days vacation, 13 days sick leave, pension plan, and deferred compensation. Uniforms and equipment are furnished.

PHYSICAL ABILITY: Successful completion of a physical examination is required upon offer of employment.

CHARACTER: Applicants must be of good moral character

WORK SCHEDULE: Employees in this class are required to regularly work on various shifts, weekends, and/or holidays.

APPLICATIONS may be filed with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 or apply on line at or call (404) 298-8285 or (404) 298-8160 (automated).


  • Physical Efficiency Battery/Writing Review
  • Pre-Employment Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer
  • Oral Review Board
  • Psychological Examination
  • Physical and Drug Screening
  • Post-Employment (offer) 

It is the policy of the DeKalb County Sheriff that all individuals who are accepted for employment will be hired as "at will" employees, and serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff, who exercises sole discretion with respect to all hiring, continuations of employment, and terminations. The Sheriff may terminate employment of any employee at any time with or without cause.



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