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Deputy Sheriff

The Sheriff's Office is building an eligibility list for future classes of Deputy Sheriffs. Interested candidates must register with the National Testing Network, sign up for a testing date, and complete the pre-employment test and personal history questionnaire (PHQ). Candidates who pass the pre-employment examination will be contacted directly by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to apply with our office and scheduled for a pre-employment physical abilities test (PAT). The PHQ will be reviewed for applicants who pass both the pre-employment examination and the PAT. Applicants are reminded that providing false information at any point in the process is grounds for removal from the hiring process.

Although NTN allows candidates to test every six (6) months, candidate scores are only accepted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office once per calendar year.

To Schedule a Test:

To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to, select "Corrections Jobs", pick state as "Ohio"  and sign up for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Prior Service Incentives:
Please note, all newly hired deputies who possess their peace officer training certification shall be assigned to Deputy (POTC) classification upon written approval from the Sheriff. In addition, applicants with prior service with the State of Ohio, any political subdivision thereof, or any combination thereof, may afford the applicant increased vacation leave accrual  and/or transfer of unused sick leave.

All correspondence will be sent to the e-mail address provided to NTN. Therefore, it is critical that applicants provide a current e-mail address that is checked regularly. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their scheduled PAT date and time. The date and time for the PAT has not been scheduled yet.

Candidates may only test to be considered for employment with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office once per calendar year.  All testing for a PAT test in April of 2020 must be completed between September 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.  All candidates testing after March 31, 2020 through August 31, 2020 will be included in the PAT test in September of 2020. 

Only Deputy candidates who have been notified of successful completion of the PAT may access the Sheriff's Office Deputy employment application below.


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for more information, please contact the fcso human resources office