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Deputy Sheriff Application Process


All applicants shall complete the following documents:


Sheriff's Office Application

Background Investigation

Authorization for Release of Information form


All applications must be accompanied by legible copies (no originals) of the following documents:


  • High school diploma, transcript bearing graduation date, or GED certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Valid driver's license (must possess a valid VA driver’s license before being hired)
  • DD214 with separation information (for those with military experience) 
  • College transcript if applicable
  • Any certifications that are applicable to Law enforcement

All completed employment packets can be hand delivered to the Sheriff's Office or mailed to:

Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office

Attn: Employment Processing

PO Box 75 

Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397

We are accepting applications

Starting Salary


Deputy Sheriff Recruit: $37,947

Deputy Sheriff Virginia DCJS Law Enforcement Certified: $39,844 min.

Deputy Sheriff Minimum Qualifications


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Deputy Sheriff with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office.  You will find that this Office is a state accredited law enforcement agency that values professionalism, integrity and diversity from its employees.  We have the occasion to hire certified law enforcement officers with prior experience as well as those new to law enforcement that will need certification.  The Sheriff’s Office is a Constitutional Office.  We maintain a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Isle of Wight to provide excellent pay, benefits, and VRS retirement package.

The following are the minimum requirements to apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have a High School Diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED)
  • Possess a valid Virginia driver’s license
  • Possess good moral character
  • Good physical health and condition
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude, false statements, perjury or domestic violence.
  • No DUI convictions
  • No significant number of criminal convictions (including traffic offenses) to establish a pattern of disregard for the law
  • Failure to keep an appointment at any step of the hiring process without prior approval from the Sheriff's Office.

Selection Process Steps


Step One- All Applications will be reviewed. Applicants that meet the minimal requirements and completed the required employment packets.  Selected applicants will be selected to continue in the process.


Step Two- Applicants will be notified to participate in a written test and an interview. This interview will be in a panel format and consist of multiple members of the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.  This process will happen on the same day.


Step Three– The top applicants will be notified that they are being considered for employment and will move to the background phase.  An extensive and thorough background investigation will be conducted. This investigation will include a home visit, credit check, prior employment, criminal records, civil records, education records, certification check, and driving records. The findings of this investigation will be forwarded to the polygraph examiner.


Step Four– A polygraph exam will be completed with the information provided on the applicant’s background packet and background investigation.


Step Five– The Sheriff will review applicants that successfully completed steps one though eight. A conditional offer of employment will be given to the top rated applicants. Applicants that accept the conditional offer will proceed.


Step Six– Applicants will be scheduled to see a physician for a physical and a drug screening.


Step Seven– The final step in the employment process will be a meeting/personal interview with Sheriff Mark A. Marshall to finalize the conditional offer.  Applicants that complete this process will have the opportunity to begin a rewarding career with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.


Applicants that are appointed by Sheriff Mark A. Marshall that are not currently certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in Virginia must successfully complete the DCJS basic law enforcement training program at Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.