Civil Service

Benton County Civil Service is charged with the recruitment, testing, hiring, eligibility, and promotion of all Sheriff’s Office Employees under RCW 41.14.  The Civil Service Commission sits as a judicial board to conduct hearing and investigations in accordance with Chapter 41.14 RCW; to hear and determine appeals or complaints from employees or applicants in such matters as may be referred to the Commission.


Mary Anne Hutchins, Chairman
Paul Hart, Co-Chairman
Patty Wilson, Commissioner
Tammy Dufault, Chief Examiner


Regular Civil Service Commissioner Board Meetings are held in the Personnel Conference Room, located on the 2nd floor at the Benton County Justice Center, every second Tuesday of each month, at 10:00 a.m.  

Applicant Information

This page contains links. Please click on any of them and you will be directed to pages containing additional information, contact information, required forms, or websites. Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer.


All Civil Service positions require applicants to complete and submit a Personal History Statement (PHS),  meet the Benton County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Standards, be at least 21 years of age, and have the legal right to work in the United States.  Prior to employment, a polygraph test, fingerprints, background interview, and a thorough criminal history check will be completed on each successful candidate.


Entry Level Deputy Sheriff and Entry Correction Officer:

Benton County contracts with Public Safety Testing to facilitate the application and testing process for all entry level deputy sheriff and correction officers.  Please visit the Public Safety Testing website at or call them at 1-866-447-3911 to apply.


Lateral Deputy Sheriff and Lateral Correction Officer:

To apply for a lateral deputy sheriff or lateral correction officer position, you must meet certain requirements. Please go to the Job Openings tab on the main Benton County website page to view the requirements and for detailed instructions on how to apply (click here to go to main Benton County website page). You must attach or submit the Personal History Statement (PHS) for your application to be considered.  Please click on the following link to download the Personal History Statement (PHS):  Personal History Statement 


Entry Level Records Clerk:

Benton County conducts the testing and hiring process for entry level records clerk as vacancies occur.  Applications are only accepted when a position is open and the job is posted on the Benton County website. You must attach or submit the Personal History Statement (PHS) for your application to be considered.  Please click on the following link to download the Personal History Statement (PHS):  Personal History Statement 


Corrections Medical Nursing Staff:

Please contact:  Correctional Healthcare Companies (CHC)  1-866-246-5245


Veterans Scoring Criteria:

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces may qualify for receiving additional bonus points during the civil service testing process.  Washington State Laws RCW 41.04.005, RCW 41.04.007 and RCW 41.04.010 provides for Veteran’s Scoring Criteria status in the examination of applicants for employment with political subdivisions of the State, provided certain requirements are met.  Benton County awards Veterans’ Scoring Criteria, in accordance with state law, to veterans honorably released from active military service who meet all statutory requirements.  Applicants who are claiming Veterans’ Scoring Criteria must supply their DD Form 214 copy when requested.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the Civil Service applicant, testing, and/or hiring process, please contact:

Tammy Dufault 
Chief Examiner
(509) 737-2777






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