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Date of Posting: February 13th-Open until filled

Position(s): Road Patrol & Recreation Division; Part-time Deputy Sheriff (multiple positions)

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for part-time Deputy Sheriff positions. Multiple part-time positions are open on the Road Patrol and also within the Recreation Division. After hiring, deputies in these positions are vetted for possible placement into future full-time Road Patrol deputy positions.

Wages for these part-time positions are defined by the Deputies union contract. The 2018 starting wage is $15.97 per hour. A part-time deputy is eligible for a wage increase after working 1040 hours. A second wage increase will be received after working an additional 1040 hours. Thereafter, a wage increase will be received for every 2080 hours worked until top deputy pay is reached.

Applicants being considered for employment will be required to pass a criminal background check, psychological examination, and physical examinations, which include a drug screen. If hired, applicant must successfully complete a department Field Training Program.

Applications will be accepted and considered until all positions are filled.


As a member of the Sheriff's Road Patrol, a part-time Deputy Sheriff performs general duty police work in the protection of life and property throughout the county. Maintains law and order, prevents crime, deals with complaints, and renders emergency assistance to the public as a uniformed officer. May serve civil papers. Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations and standard methods and practices. A degree of independent initiative and judgment must be exercised by the employee under emergency conditions. The work may involve an element of danger.

As a member of the Sheriff’s Recreation Division, a part-time Deputy Sheriff performs general snowmobile, ORV, and marine patrols. Enforces applicable state and local laws. Investigates snowmobile, ORV, and watercraft crashes.


The qualified candidate will have the following knowledge and skills:

The ability to quickly learn law enforcement methods, practices and procedures. Ability to gain a good working knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws and to attain efficiency in the methods and practices of criminal investigation expected. Ability to carry out instructions and swiftly adopt an effective and sound course of action, as well as an ability to deal fairly and effectively with the public. Good powers of observation, sound judgment, good moral character, combined with excellent physical and mental condition, courage, strength and the ability to withstand stress required. Proficiency in the use of firearms. Must possess excellent verbal communication skills and be capable of adapting to potentially violent or unstable situations.

For candidates seeking the part-time position(s) within the Recreation Division: previous experience operating snowmobiles, ATV’s, and watercraft is preferred, however, not required. At the conclusion of the training process, a candidate must be able to demonstrate they can operate these vehicles safely and according to department standards.

Required Education, Training, and Experience:

In order to apply, an applicant must be currently licensed and/or licensable through MCOLES. Applicants who do not qualify must be licensable by May 31st, 2018. Applicants who are currently licensed and/or licensable may be given preference during the hiring process.

Graduation from high school is required; a college degree is preferred. Must possess a valid driver's license.  Any history of driver’s license suspension and/or restrictions are not immediate disqualifiers but will be strongly considered and evaluated. No felony convictions; no pending felony or misdemeanor charges. No domestic violence convictions.

Please submit an employment application with attached release forms, resume, and cover letter by mail or email to:

Undersheriff Wesley Bierling
1153 Michigan Ave
Baldwin, MI 49304

Please indicate on page 1 of the application, under “Position(s) Applied For”, whether you seek the Road Patrol or the Recreation Division position. If you seek both, please write-in both positions.

Sheriff's Office Application


911 Dispatcher

Lake County is currently seeking applicants for 911 Dispatchers. These are full time positions with competitive pay and a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, short term disability insurance, a retirement plan, paid time off, and paid holidays.

Must be willing to work any shift, including weekends, holidays and overtime as the Lake County 911 Central Dispatch is a 24 hour/7 day a week operation.

This position performs telephone call intake, and responds to requests for assistance by dispatching emergency personnel according to established protocols and procedures. Maintains contact with callers and responders to gather and relay information as needed. Provides emergency medical instructions as appropriate. Provides warrants or other information to public safety personnel as requested. Responds to callers with complaints or non-emergency requests by providing information or referrals.


  • Must be able to type accurately and efficiently with a minimum of 40 wpm
  • Must possess high level interpersonal skills to respond to callers during often difficult or stressful situations, convey detailed instructions and precise information, maintain effective contacts with responders and other personnel, and work cooperatively with others.
  • Must be able to remain calm under stress and maintain focus under pressure. Must be able to react appropriately to excited or hysterical callers. Must be able to convey by voice professional demeanor and authoritative command to maintain effective control of emergency situations.
  • Requires advanced communication skills; and ability to read and interpret detailed manuals, maps and procedures; and proof and edit data and information for grammar, spelling and punctuation, at a level normally acquired through completion of high school.
  • Analytical abilities necessary to quickly determine nature of emergency and appropriate response, rapidly react to changing situations, read and interpret maps and detailed policies, and provide precise directions or instructions.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information and materials which may be highly sensitive.

Background investigation, including criminal background check is required for all candidates as well as basic skills testing, typing and general aptitude tests. Pre-employment drug screening and physical are required.

Applications including resume and cover letter can be dropped off in person or sent by mail or email to:

Lake County Administration Office

800 Tenth Street, Suite 100

Baldwin, MI 49304



The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for a full-time Corrections Deputy.

The salary range for Corrections Deputy is $29,450 - $38,888 annually (4 year top-out), Retirement, health & life insurance, vision and dental insurance, short term disability insurance & paid time off.

Responsibilities and Qualifications of a Corrections Deputy:

This is a full-time position that will work in one of two 24-hour, adult detention facilities and work assignments are 12 hour shifts and may be any day of the week and any shift. Assignments involve substantial face-to-face contact with county and/or state inmates.

A Corrections Deputy uses independent judgment in making decisions requiring interpretation and application of departmental guidelines to specific situations. Ability to observe inmates’ activities to detect unusual or prohibited behavior, which might be a threat to the security of the facility or the safety of others. Respond quickly to return phone calls from this office when off duty. Ability to obtain accurate data, prepare records and communicate effectively. A Corrections Deputy prepares written reports after appropriately responding to critical incidents such as assaults on employees or inmates and threats to the security of the facility. Accurately counts inmates under their supervision several times each shift. You will conduct thorough searches of inmates and their housing areas. Monitor feeding, recreational activities, inmate visits and supervise inmate workers. Ensure that security systems, firefighting equipment and other equipment in the facility are in operating condition. You must operate computerized equipment such as booking systems, cameras, door controls and intercom system. Must be proficient in the use and carry of department firearms, tasers and pepper spray and handcuffing.


  • Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Must have high school diploma or GED.
  • Associate/Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and/or completion of 160 MSCTC Academy preferred but not required.
  • Must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license.
  • Must have the ability to pass a medical exam, drug screen and psychological evaluation.
  • Must be willing to submit to a thorough background investigation designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for employment as a Corrections Deputy.
  • Ability to complete first aid certification.
  • Knowledge of security procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies and to multi task.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirement of the work, which includes the performance of strenuous tasks requiring muscular strength, coordination and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Ability to learn and apply self-defense and other procedures for dealing with hostile of violent inmates.
  • Ability to pass all department training to include taser, pepper spray, handcuffing and firearms.

An individual with any of the following is ineligible for consideration for employment:

A felony conviction; a pending felony or misdemeanor charge; a domestic violence conviction; or an outstanding warrant.

Pre-employment written and physical testing are required upon conditional offer of employment. If hired, the costs of all pre-employment testing may be reimbursed by the county.

Please use this application for Sheriff's Office employment.



Employment with Lake County

Applications need to be submitted to the Lake County Administration Office

800 Tenth Street
Suite 100
Baldwin, MI 49304



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