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Deputy - Career Benefits, Salary and Career Advancement

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office offers an attractive and competitive benefits package.


  • Full Health Care Benefits: Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability options - some employee contribution required
  • Flexible Spending and Dependent Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Clothing and Equipment Allowance
  • Paid Vacation Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Personal Leave
  • Paid Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Injury Leave
  • Paid Military Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • OPERS Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation Program
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • College Tuition Reimbursement
  • 5-year continuous service credit payment with additional payments each year after
  • Health and Physical Fitness Incentive programs
  • Shift Differential


Newly hired deputies have two (2) different classifications; Deputy 1 is a non-certified deputy, meaning they are not Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Certified (OPOTC); Deputy 2 is a certified deputy, meaning they are Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Certified (OPOTC). In order to be classified as a Deputy 2, you must pass Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Certification (OPOTC) and be recognized.



Salary 2024
Deputy 1 First Year: $60,444.80
Deputy 1 Second Year: $63,460.80
Deputy 1 Third Year: $66,622.40
Deputy 1 Fourth Year: $73,278.40
Deputy 1 Ten Years or more: $79,872.00

If you become Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Certified (OPOTC) and recognized, your classification will change to Deputy 2 and compensation will be as follows based on date of hire:


Salary 2024
Deputy 2 First Year: $61,796.80
Deputy 2 Second Year: $69,243.20
Deputy 2 Third Year: $78,395.20
Deputy 2 Fourth Year: $103,417.60
Deputy 2 Ten Years or more: $112,715.20


Candidates must be able to work all three shifts, irregular hours, holidays and weekends.

Associated Union for Deputies: Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge No. 9.  

Deputy Probationary Period: One (1) year.

To see a full job description for Deputy Sheriff, click here.


Career Advancement Opportunities:

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies can work in Patrol, Investigations, Court Services, on special task forces, and special teams after completing Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Certification (OPOTC). Deputies have many opportunities to specialize and develop within a chosen career path and there are plenty of chances to be promoted into a supervisory role.

FCSO Divisions:
While entry level deputies are assigned to the Corrections Division, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office maintains a broad range of divisions and specialized units that allow you to tailor your career to a specific area of interest:

  • Administration Division:

    • Civil Bureau
    • Internal Affairs Bureau
  • Corrections Division:

    • Corrections
    • Professional Services Bureau
    • Research and Development
  • Investigation Division:

    • Detective Bureau: Homicide/Crimes Against Persons Unit, Juvenile Unit, Domestic Violence’s and Stalking Unit, Environmental Crimes Unit, SORN (Sex Offender) Unit, Auto Theft, Unit and Property Crimes Unit
    • Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
    • Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
  • Patrol Division

    • Patrol
    • Canine Handler
    • Traffic (Accident and Investigation; Weight Enforcement)
    • Honor Guard*
    • Bike Patrol*
    • Pipes and Drums*
  • Security Operations Division:

    • Court Security Unit
    • Facility Security Unit
    • Mobile Field Force Unit*
  • Support Services Division:

    • Community Response Bureau (Community Intervention and Diversion, Community Liaison, Community Outreach, Community Relations, School Resource Officers and Therapy Dogs)
    • SWAT
    • Fugitive Unit (Warrants and Extradition)
    • Training Academy
    • Bomb Squad*
    • Crisis Negotiation Team*
    • Dive Team*
    • Drone Team*
    • SERT Team*
    • Mounted Unit*
*Not full-time units. Duties are done concurrent to regular assignments.


Several options are available for those interested in advancing through the ranks. The ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant are attained by way of a competitive promotional examination. Employees in these positions, and Captains, are covered by a collective bargaining agreement – Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge No. 9. Appointments to the ranks of Major and Chief Deputy are made at the discretion of the Sheriff and are not part of the collective bargaining agreement.


Deputies are eligible to take the Sergeant’s promotional examinations after five (5) years of continuous service as a deputy. Those with an associate, bachelor or post graduate degree will receive additional points on promotional examinations. Sergeants are eligible to take the Lieutenant’s promotional examinations after three (3) years of being in a supervisory classification. To qualify for a promotion to Captain, you must be a Lieutenant and selected by the Sheriff.

Our rank structure is:

  • Sheriff
  • Chief Deputy
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant
  • Deputy