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The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is located in the heart of the Western Slope, a high desert oasis surrounded by mesas, rivers, mountains, and Colorado's wine country. As the largest Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, west of the Continental Divide, we employ over 250 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 an innovative agency striving to better the community and find creative ways to manage increasing crime rates and jail populations. Integrity, Service, and Community are our guiding principles.

Featured Sheriff's Office Employment Opportunities


detention deputies web.jpgBecome a Detention Deputy

Detentions is often a great place for inexperienced applicants wanting to start a career in law enforcement.  It can be a rewarding career itself or be a valuable way to gain experience to enhance your criminal justice career.  Many of our current Patrol Deputies, Investigators, even former Sheriffs began their law enforcement careers as a Detention Deputy.  

Duties include providing safety, security, and care to the inmates, staff, and visitors in the detention facility, upholding the civil and constitutional rights of inmates, as well as transporting inmates when needed.

Detention Deputies do not need to be P.O.S.T. certified or have prior experience. 

Learn more about becoming a Detention Deputy here.


Currently Accepting Applications for:

For a full list of job openings, click here. 



Detentions Deputy
$57,070.33 to $72,691.80 yr

  • Hourly rate is $27.44 to $34.95
  • Good moral character
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 21 years of age for consideration
  • Colorado driver’s license or ability to obtain.
  • Must pass a physical fitness test
  • Must be available for shift/weekend/holiday work and overtime


Patrol Deputy
$67,963.49 to $78,023.89 yr

  • Hourly rate is $32.67 to $37.51
  • Good moral character
  • Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified or enrolled in an academy
  • A minimum of three years of experience at an agency of like size
  • Colorado driver’s license or ability to obtain.
  • Must pass a 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. 


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

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

  • Fitness Test
  • Interview
  • Psychological assessment
  • Vocabulary and Problem-Solving Tasks
  • Spelling/Grammar & Locating information tests
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • 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, but voters also 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.



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 (Sworn & Civilian):

  • 7 months – 4 years..................................................... 15.3367 hours per month
  • 5 years – 10 years....................................................... 17.3367 hours per month
  • 11 years – 15 years..................................................... 19.3367 hours per month
  • 16 years+...................................................................... 20.6700 hours per month

Maximum vacation carryover is 400 hours at the end of the calendar year.

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.



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.  2% matching funds are available.  Participation is optional.


Sick Leave

Full-time employees accrue 10 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 various rotational shifts with varying start times and days off.  Detention Deputies and Law Enforcement Specialists work various shifts with rotating days off.  Civilian Employees work either 4 – 10 hours shifts or 5 – 8 hours shifts, with various days off.



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


*Part-time employees (.5 FTE) earn the same benefits as full-time employees with premiums being the same.  The only difference is, the person earns a prorated amount of leave or half of the amount as a full-time employee.


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! Mesa County is also home to Colorado's wine country and the famous Palisade Peaches.


An Outdoor Paradise

Mesa County offers unparalleled access to outdoor recreation. The year-round dry, mild climate is perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, or skiing on the Grand Mesa. We've got hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking, ATV, and jeep trails as well as whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Like to golf? You'll find stunning golf courses whose green fairways are juxtaposed against the red rocks of the Colorado National Monument.

Ever want to ski and golf in the same day?

Thanks to Mesa County's unique landscape, you can start your day with a round of golf in the valley, then ski at 8,000 feet on the Grand Mesa! Don't take our word for it, Watch! Learn more at https://www.visitgrandjunction.com/


Frequently Asked Questions

Your 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.




Questions? Contact a Recruiter!

Investigator Jenifer Keyes
Phone: (970) 244-3937
Email: Jenifer.Keyes@mesacounty.us

Sgt. Shawna Roundtree
Phone: (970) 623-8041
Email: Shawna.Roundtree@mesacounty.us