Kankakee County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Application
Deadline 10/28/2022 4:00 PM
Warning: the deadline for this application expired

Stanard & Associates, Inc. administers the application process for the Kankakee County Merit Commission, and the Kankakee County Merit Commission retains authority over the application process and hiring of individuals. All applicant information and application forms are the property of the Kankakee County Merit Commission. Stanard & Associates, Inc. does not establish the qualification or eligibility requirements, required application procedures, or related employment standards and procedures and is limited in addressing questions or requests for information in these areas.

The deadline for this application has been extended until October 28, 2022.
The written exam will now be conducted on November 9, 2022.

Kankakee County Sheriff's Office
Kankakee, Illinois

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission is accepting applications for the position of deputy sheriff with the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department.

Salary: $55,106.62 - $88,734.64 (30 years).  Additional compensation includes overtime pay, holiday pay, uniform allowance ($800 cash, or $1,000 quartermaster per year), education pay ($40-$300 per month), fitness incentive (up to $1,620 per year), shift differential (up to $110 per month), and non-tobacco use incentive ($300 per year).
Benefits: include competitive medical insurance plans, tuition reimbursement, compensatory, and personal time off in addition to vacation and sick leave, take-home squad cars, and IMRF Pension Plan.
Lateral Transfers:  A Police Officer with two years of experience as a certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Illinois will be hired at the two year mark with a base starting salary  of $63,800 as of 12/1/22 (increases to $65,400 as of 12/1/23).
Population: 107,000 (approx.)
Sworn Officers: 53

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the County of Kankakee: 

  • U.S. citizenship;
  • No felony convictions;
  • Valid state-issued driver's license;
  • Must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at time of appointment, unless otherwise exempt per state statute;
  • Be a high school graduate (or have attained a GED)  -AND-  have successfully completed at least (80) semester hours of accredited college credit  -OR-  be currently employed at the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office in the Corrections Division with at least 2 years of service at the initial offer of employment  -OR-  currently serving in the United States military or have served and been honorably discharged  -AND-  a minimum of 40 semester hours of accredited college credit;
  • Possess a valid P.O.W.E.R. Test card issued by NIPSTA, Triton College, Kankakee Community College, or Joliet Junior College within 12 months of the application deadline date (October 28, 2022) - OR - provide proof of current enrollment in a state of Illinois certified police academy;
  • Must successfully complete a written examination and oral interview; 
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, polygraph, and medical testing;
  • Must be a resident of the County of Kankakee within 6 months of appointment as a sheriff's deputy; 
  • Pay a $45.00 non-refundable application processing fee.


Lateral Transfer Candidates:  An applicant who is a police officer in good standing with the law enforcement agency he/she is employed with and certified by the State certification board is eligible to be placed on a lateral transfer eligibility list. 

  • Lateral transfer candidates are NOT required to obtain a P.O.W.E.R. test card;
  • Lateral transfer candidates are NOT required to take the written exam;
  • Lateral transfer candidates ARE REQUIRED to participate in the oral interview process, psychological exam, and pass a drug screen. 

In order to be eligible for the Lateral Transfer Eligibility List, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Previously been full-time sworn officers of a police department in any municipality, county, university or State law enforcement agency for at least one year; AND
  • Certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board; AND
  • Possess substantially equivalent skills and abilities as a Kankakee County Deputy Sheriff who has completed the probationary period.


Submission of Application

Applications MUST be submitted online by Friday, October 28, 2022 at 4:00 PM (CST).  Faxed, e-mailed, mailed or dropped off applications will NOT be accepted. Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Only one application per person, per testing cycle will be accepted. 


Mandatory Written Examination Testing Following completion of all application materials and review of minimum qualifications, successful applicants will be invited to attend the following:

Clear your calendar and make sure you are available on the following date: All candidates will receive an email approximately one week prior regarding their status in the process. NOTE: Please be sure to check your email spam folder. Many email account providers automatically send our emails there in error (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.)   

Written Exam: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.; Exam starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Kankakee County Sheriff's Office
3000 S. Justice Way
Kankakee, IL 60901  
Important Disclaimer for Potential Applicants:
As part of this application form, you will be required to submit various documents, records and/or additional forms. Be sure to allow sufficient time to gather this documentation and fully complete the application before the deadline. In other words, do not wait until one day before the deadline to collect and submit additional required documentation. In order for your application to be accepted, all materials must be submitted and received prior to the deadline.  

The County of Kankakee, Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer.