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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
To establish a merit system of employment for county deputy sheriffs and
other employees of the office of County Sheriff, thereby raising the standards
and efficiency of such offices and law enforcement in general.
Ensures that employees are recruited through an open, competitive process;
are promoted on the basis of merit and are demoted, suspended, removed from
office or discharged only for cause.
To make suitable rules and regulations (RCW
Civil Service for Sheriff's Office)
to implement a civil service system. Such rules and regulations shall provide in
detail the manner in which:
The Board of County Commissioners appoints citizens of the county to serve on
the Civil Service Commission. Each commissioner serves a six (6) year term
without compensation and cannot hold any salaried public office or engage in
county employment, other than the commission duties, during their term. Their
terms do not run consecutively. Only three (3) commissioners can be of the same
The commission is composed of five commissioners, and supported by the Chief Examiner, and
such other staff as needed to accomplish the provisions of the chapter. Legal
counsel is provided by the County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The commission
holds a regular meeting at least once a month, and such additional meetings as
needed for the proper discharge of its duties. Three members of the commission
constitute a quorum, and so long as a quorum exists, majority vote of members
present decide all
matters and the transaction of all business by the commission. The minutes of
each meeting are prepared by the commission's Chief Examiner. The minutes become
official public record when approved.
View the current commission on the Boards and Committees
The Chief Examiner keeps the records for the commission, preserves all
reports made to the commission, supervises and keeps a record of all
examinations held under its direction, and performs such other duties as the
commission may prescribe.
Kittitas County utilizes a continuous roster process, meaning we accept scores and applications throughout the year, regardless of whether or not there is a current approved vacancy.
For Entry Level candidates: Kittitas County contracts with Public Safety Testing. Please visit their web site at http://www.publicsafetytesting.com/ or more information and to schedule written and physical testing. You may also reach them by phone at 1-866-HIRE-911.
After you have successfully passed their standardized testing process and we receive your scores, your name is placed on an initial eligibility roster for consideration. We will obtain your Personal History Statement from Public Safety Testing and ask you to complete a Kittitas County employment application.
For Lateral applicants: You may request a lateral application packet by emailing the Chief Civil Service Examiner at email@example.com. Lateral applicants will be scored based on their law enforcement experience, certifications, education, and special assignments, then placed on an eligibility roster for future consideration.
Candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications to be considered a lateral applicant:
These positions are posted on our Employment Opportunities page as rosters expire or vacancies become
View our current openings.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.