Application Process

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Visit the City-County Human Resources job listing page to check for job openings.

The Sheriff's Office establishes an eligibility list for hiring that stays in effect for six months, but may be approved for longer time periods. The office will typically test only once a year to determine who makes that list. Applications are only accepted during a designated period of time prior to testing.

Hiring Process

  • Applications are made online at the  City-County Human Resources job listing webpage
  • Written Testing is conducted by Human Resources and a passing score of 70% in each section must be achieved to advance. Currently the written exam is the POST by Stanard & Associates, Inc.
  • If you successfully pass the written test, you will then move on to a physical performance evaluation. View a detailed description of the physical testing (PDF). Find recommended training activities to prepare (PDF). Physical testing is not scored for rankings, but those who pass will move on to the interview stage.
  • Pre-screen interviews will be conducted for everyone who passes the written and physical tests. The top scoring candidates continue to an oral board panel interview.
  • Final rankings of total scores are determined after the oral interview(s). The Sheriff has the option to choose from the top three available candidates to fill each open position.

If you happen to already be a certified law enforcement officer in another state, and your certification is accepted by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, you may be required to attend only a portion of basic certification class.

2021 Hiring Timeline

Applications OpenApril 24, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Written Testing Study SessionMay 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM or
May 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Written and Physical TestingMay 21-22, 2021
Oral Board InterviewsMay 26-28, 2021
Background InvestigationsMay 31, 2021 - June 18, 2021
Sheriff InterviewsJune 21-25, 2021
Conditional Offer TestingJune 28, 2021 - July 9, 2021
Sheriff's Final OfferJuly 12, 2021
Basic Training AcademyAugust 29, 2021 - December 17, 2021