Now Accepting New Applicants for Deputy Sheriff

Sheriff Mike Downey announced
earlier today that his office has begun accepting applications for the position
of Deputy Sheriff.  Applicants must be:

  • 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 
     a minimum of 40 semester hours of accredited college
  • 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 (March 6, 2020) – OR – 
    proof of current enrollment in a state of Illinois certified police
  • 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.

Anyone seeking additional
information can find it on the Sheriff’s website at ( 

“A career at the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is
extremely prideful and rewarding,” said Sheriff Mike Downey.  “I strongly encourage anyone qualified and
interested to consider applying.  I
assure you our department is one of the most professional and respectful
agencies in the State of Illinois and we look forward to continuing that

To apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff, please visit

Applications MUST be submitted online by Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4:00 PM (CST).

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