HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS
STONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Procedures, Requirements, and Criteria concerning Sheriff’s Office job positions, and the Application, Interview, and Hiring Process.
GENERAL: The staffing level, number of full time employees, and the salary levels of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office employees is determined by Ordinance of the governing body (Quorum Court). Each elected county official, including the Sheriff, has responsibility for hiring all personnel to fill authorized positions within his or her elected office. (Arkansas Code 14-14-1102) Each elected official of the County is to fully and completely administer the day to day affairs of his or her office of County government on behalf of the County, in a manner that is in accord with applicable laws (statutes or judicial ruling), the constitutions (U.S. and Arkansas), and this general County policy.
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: All County Employees are “At Will” employees. “At Will” employment is not for a specific period of time and employment may be terminated at any time, without notice or liability of any kind (except for wages earned and unpaid) and with or without cause. Unless rehired by a newly elected supervising County official, employment shall cease at the conclusion of the county’s biennium (December 31st of even-numbered years). It is the County’s policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons; to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment practices, compensation practices, personnel procedures, and administration of benefit plans; and to otherwise provide the same or similar treatment and opportunities to all persons similarly situated.
Applications for employment will be accepted from any person who wishes to apply upon approved forms provided by Stone County. Applicants who are residents of the County will be given consideration over non-residents, all other qualifications being equal.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE POSITIONS: The Stone County Sheriff’s Office employees both sworn personnel with general or restricted arrest powers and civilian, non-sworn personnel, with no arrest powers. Specific and detailed job descriptions have been created for each position within the Sheriff’s Office. Different positions will have different criteria applicants must meet, or be eligible to meet, before they can be considered for the position. Job Titles/Ranks/Classifications within the Sheriff's Office are: Elected Sheriff (1), Chief Deputy(1), Sergeant (2), Deputy I (5), Investigator I (2), Jailers (10) and Secretary (1). There are also Part Time Deputy, Part Time Jailer, and Reserve/Auxiliary Deputy positions.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Whenever a full time job opening exists within the county, the position will be posted for five (5) days to ensure that existing County employees have sufficient time to learn of and request a transfer to the open position. As a matter of course, the Sheriff’s Office may also advertise the open position in a newspaper having general circulation throughout the County and also list the job opening on the Sheriff’s Office web site, although these actions are not required by county policy. Applications for employment for any position will be continuously accepted throughout the year, however applications will only be reviewed for potential suitable candidates whenever a position is actually vacant and open. Applications will normally remain on file for a period of six (6) months and may be reviewed and considered whenever there is a job opening within the Sheriff’s Office. All applications for employment must be submitted on approved forms provided by the Sheriff’s Office. Resumes submitted without the required application form will not be considered and will be discarded. The Sheriff’s Office generally receives a large number of applications for any open position, which makes for a very competitive process among the applicants.
INTERVIEW PROCESS: When a position becomes open, the Chief Deputy will gather, review, and correlate all applications for the position and select a date to conduct interviews of selected applicants.
INTERVIEW WITH SHERIFF: The Sheriff will generally conduct a personal interview with each finalist for the position, after which he will make a decision as to which applicant to hire for the open position. In the alternative, the Sheriff may choose to reject both finalists and ask that new interviews be conducted.
OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT: Any offer of employment made by the Sheriff will be contingent upon the applicant being able to successfully complete and pass a physical examination, employment drug-screen urinalysis, and psychological testing (if required), in addition to being able to meet all other requirements for the position which is being offered. The applicant may be allowed to begin work before all of these procedures have been completed (which can take some time), however any applicant who begins employment and subsequently cannot meet these requirements will be discharged.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – SWORN DEPUTY SHERIFF: (Arkansas Minimum Standards) Every officer employed by a law enforcement unit shall:
•Be a citizen of the United States (proof required). •Be at least 21 years of age (proof required). •Be fingerprinted and a search initiated of state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. •Be free of felony record. A felony record shall mean having entered a plea of guilty, been found guilty, or otherwise having been convicted of an offense, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state penitentiary. The fact that an individual has received a pardon, or their record has been expunged shall not release the individual from having a felony record for the purposes of this regulation. •Be of good character as determined by a thorough background investigation. •Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development (GED) Test indicating high school graduation level (proof required). •Be examined by a licensed physician and meet prescribed physical requirements. •Be interviewed personally prior to employment by the department head or his representative, or representatives, to determine such things as the applicant’s motivation, appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate. •Be examined by an individual licensed to practice psychiatry or psychology and qualified to perform such evaluations in the State of Arkansas, who after the examination finds the officer to be competent and recommends the agency to hire the individual. •Possess a valid driver license (Arkansas license required by Sheriff’s Office). Sheriff’s Office Additional Requirements: Applicants will not be considered for Sheriff’s Office employment who:
•Have plead guilty, nolo contendere, or been found or adjudicated guilty of a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offense, either alcohol or drugs, within the past ten (10) years in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction. •Have plead guilty, nolo contendere, or been found or adjudicated guilty of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) as a minor under 21 years of age within the past five (5) years in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction. •Have plead guilty, nolo contendere, or been found or adjudicated guilty of any drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, or any other drug-related offense, regardless of how specified, in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction. •Have plead guilty, nolo contendere, or been found or adjudicated guilty of any Domestic Battery offense involving physical injury to another person in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction. •Is the respondent in an Ex Parte or Permanent Order of Protection remaining in effect in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction.
**Other convictions for a minor misdemeanor offense will not necessarily disqualify the applicant, however the Interview Board and Sheriff will look closely at the circumstances surrounding any criminal arrests or convictions. These same requirements apply to all sworn full time, part time, and reserve deputy positions.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – NON-SWORN EMPLOYEES: Non-Sworn civilian employees, including Secretarial, Clerical, Administrative personnel and sworn employees with restricted arrest powers (such as Jailers) must normally meet all of the same requirements as sworn employees, with the following exceptions:
•Non-sworn civilian employees and sworn employees with restricted powers must only be eighteen (18) years of age rather than twenty-one (21) years of age. •Non-sworn civilian employees are not required to submit to psychological evaluation, while sworn employees with restricted powers (Jailers limited primarily to serving warrants in the Detention Center) are required to submit to psychological evaluation.
ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE KEPT ON FILE FOR 6 MONTHS..THEN REFRESHED
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