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The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is located in the heart of Colorado’s  outdoor capital  and wine country. As the largest Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, west of the Continental Divide, we employ over 240 dedicated professionals who provide services to rural and densely populated urban areas. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office patrols, responds to emergencies, and fights wildland fires in an area that encompasses more than 3300 square miles. We are a progressive agency striving to better the community and find innovative ways to manage increasing crime rates and jail populations. Integrity, Service and Community are our guiding principles.

Featured Sheriff's Office Employment Opportunities

For a full list of job openings click here. 

Detentions Deputy
$21.63-$27.55hr

  • Good moral character
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 21 years of age for consideration
  • Colorado driver’s license or ability to obtain.
  • Must pass physical fitness test
  • Must be available for shift/weekend/holiday work and overtime

Patrol Deputy
$23.36-$29.76hr

  • Good moral character
  • Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified or enrolled in an academy
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 21 years of age for consideration
  • Colorado driver’s license or ability to obtain.
  • Must pass physical fitness test
  • Must be available for shift/weekend/holiday work and overtime

Top-out in five years!

All entry level positions will progress through their specific pay in a six step process, resulting in them attaining top-out pay for their position at the end of their fifth year of service. 

 

Speak Spanish?   Military?   Have a Degree?   Have Law Enforcement Experience?

  • Fluent in both English and Spanish at the time of hire - $5,000.00 bonus
  • Associates Degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college - $3,000.00 bonus
  • Bachelors Degree from accredited college - $5000.00 bonus
  • Masters Degree from accredited college - $7000.00 bonus
  • Active duty military service of 2 or more years - $4000.00 bonus
  • Three or more years of related work experience - applicant will be hired at Step 3 of the pay range as described in the Pay Plan Policy 1034.

Only one bonus will be awarded per applicant; however, applicant may qualify for the step increase for experience and one bonus level.

All bonuses will be paid in two parts:

  • 50% of bonus paid upon completion of the field-training program.
  • Remaining 50% paid upon completion of the first full year of employment.

Careers - Fitness Test

  • Interview
  • Psychological assessment
  • Vocabulary and Problem-Solving Tasks
  • Spelling/Grammar & Locating information tests
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Fitness Test
  • Pre-employment Psychological Evaluation Interview, Medical and Drug screening

 

Why Choose MCSO?

We value and cultivate leadership with many opportunities for advancement, trainings, specialized assignments and career development tailored to your strengths. We encourage a team atmosphere, but in truth, we are family. 

 

Work in a Pro-Law Enforcement Community! 

Not only will you see supportive blue lines throughout Mesa County, voters passed a sales tax increase in November of 2017 just for public safety. 

Learn more about the Public Safety Sales Tax.

 

 

 

Support for families

  • Whether it’s your family at home or your law enforcement family, MCSO makes it a priority.
  • Learn more about Married To The Badge - Western Slope Auxiliary, an organization for law enforcement spouses that supports law enforcement families.
  • Relocating? There’s help for your significant other to find a job! Learn more about the Trailing Partner Program.

 

Training 

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office uses virtual training simulators as well as an 80 acre facility to ensure deputies both on patrol and in detentions have the tools to not only keep the community safe, but themselves as well. 

Training doesn't stop when you are hired, it just begins and continues throughout your law enforcement career.

We have training specialists and instructors who bring the latest policing techniques and best practices to the agency so our deputies are current in their skills. 

Learn more about the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center. 

 

Opportunities for Growth and Leadership Development

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office encourages leadership growth and provides training and opportunities to develop your skills. Whether you are POST certified, work in the Detention Facility or civilian staff, there are many opportunities at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for career growth. 

All employees can choose to participate in the Colorado Leadership & Educational Development Program.  This online learning program is designed to give employees the tools to reach their full leadership and career potential.  

The sheriff’s office also offers specialized units and collateral duties you won’t find at a city police department.  You could be taking a suspect to court one minute, and fighting a wildland fire the next. Or perhaps going from patrolling the Grand Mesa, to instructing the next generation of officers at the local Peace Officer's Academy.  

Operations/POST Certified Collaterals

  • Crime Scene Tech
  • Explosives Experts
  • SWAT 
  • Negotiator
  • Less Lethal 
  • DUI SFTS Instructor
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Intoxilizer Instructor. 
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Driving Instructor
  • Polygrapher

Agency Wide Collaterals

Jail Specific

 

 

Vacation Accrual

Employment Accumulation Rate (Civilian):

  • 7 months – 48 months..................................... 14.6667 hours per month
  • 49 months – 120 months.................................. 16.6667 hours per month
  • 121 months – 180 months................................ 18.6667 hours per month
  • 181 months or more......................................... 20.0000 hours per month

Employment Accumulation Rate (Public Safety):

  • 7 months – 48 months..................................... 15.5834 hours per month
  • 49 months – 120 months.................................. 17.7084 hours per month
  • 121 months – 180 months................................ 19.8333 hours per month
  • 181 months or more      21.2500 hours per month

Holidays – Holidays do not apply to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, as this time is accumulated into the vacation accruals.

 

Health / Dental Insurance

Mesa County offers medical, dental and vision insurance.  Single, double and family coverages are available. Basic life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment policies are provided at no-cost for regular employees.  Optional voluntary coverage is available.

 

Retirement

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office utilizes the CCOERA retirement plan.

401(a) ~ Mandatory 3% deduction for employees matched by 3% from MC and the employee is fully vested after completion of 3 years of service. 

457(b) ~ The voluntary 457 deferred plan is available as well, any and all contributions are on the employee.  No matching funds available.  Participation is optional.

 

Sick Leave

Full time law enforcement employees accrue 10.625 hours of sick leave per month, with a maximum of 1,440 hours to be carried over at the end of the calendar year.

 

Work Hours

  • Patrol Deputies work 11.25 hour shifts, 5 days on, 4 or 5 days off, with varying start times. 
  • Detention Deputies work 12.17 hour shifts, with rotating days off, using the 2-2-3 work week.  Work Mon / Tue; off Wed / Thu; work Fri / Sat / Sun; off Mon / Tue; work Wed / Thu; off Fri / Sat / Sun. 
  • Civilian Employees work either 4 – 10 hours shifts, or 5 – 8 hours shifts, with various days off.

 

Uniform

All uniforms and equipment are provided by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Download the full benefits information.

Ride with us!

Ride with us!

See if this is the job for you. You can join a patrol deputy during a shift and see what it is like to be a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy.

Learn more about signing up for a ride-along.

We encourage Veterans to Apply!

We encourage Veterans to Apply!

Many of our deputies are veterans or currently serving as Reservists.

 

Why Mesa County?

 

 

Mesa County is home to the largest metropolitan city between Denver and Salt Lake City.

The beauty of Western Colorado is our office and your family’s playground! Mesa County is 3,300 square miles of mountains, lakes, rivers, deserts, National Forests and home to the Colorado National Monument with its awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red rock landscape! 

 

The Outdoor Capital of Colorado!

Exhilarating outdoor adventures including hiking, camping or skiing on the Grand Mesa. Hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking trails such as the Kokopelli Trail. Incredible whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Stunning golf courses whose green fairways are juxtaposed against the craggy Redland desert.

Ever want to ski and golf in the same day?

This is where you can both ski and golf in the same day!! Don't take our word for it, Watch! 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You application will stay active for 1 calendar year

There are many variables that play into the length of time that it takes to get an applicant hired and started with the Sheriff's Office. The entire process can take 8-12 weeks.

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or domestic violence then you would not be able to work at the Sheriff's Office.

Applicants with twelve (12) points or more of traffic violations within the last three (3) years and/or one (1) DUI or drug related driving conviction in the past three (3) years, will be disqualified from further consideration.

Your name will be placed into a hiring pool of employment eligible candidates to be considered for future employment should a position become available.

 

Resources

 

Questions? Contact a Recruiter!

Sgt. Connie Olson
Phone: (970) 623-8041
Email: Connie.Olson@mesacounty.us

Investigator Jerry Gray
Phone: (970) 244-3937
Email: Jerry.Gray@mesacounty.us

Investigator Jonathan Chambers
Phone: (970) 244-3354
Email: Jonathan.Chambers@mesacounty.us