Employment Procedures

Hiring Process

Applicants interested in applying for a Correctional Officer or Deputy Sheriff vacancy should refer to the CO/Deputy Hiring Process page for more information.

All other positions within the Pennington County Sheriff's Office will follow the hiring process below. Please note each job posting has an expiration date.

  • Applications received are forwarded to division specific hiring managers who review and select applicants for interview
  • HR coordinates interview process
  • Applicants are advised by phone or email of their status following the interview
  • Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will undergo a comprehensive background investigation, job shadow and pre-employment drug screen. If the position requires the applicant to carry a weapon or supervise others they also undergo a psychological examination.
  • Following successful completion of all conditions, applicants are given an unconditional offer of employment.

If our current openings do not include jobs that are of interest, you may complete a job interest card. You will be notified by email once the position is open for recruitment.

If you are interested in a facility tour or ride-along please click here to contact us by e-mail and we will provide you with more information.


Background Investigation Instructions and Forms

Instructions for Background Investigation Packet: This background questionnaire is a required step in our hiring process. Each section must be filled out completely and returned, together, no later than the date listed on the conditional offer so as not to not delay the hiring process.

It is the policy of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office to affirmatively recruit, hire, train, and promote the most qualified persons into all job levels without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability, and to recruit for disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era. We will review your criminal history, driving history, interactions with law enforcement, credit history and social media sites during the background investigation process. Be honest and thorough in your answers. Sealed criminal records will appear during our search and should be listed by all applicants. Any interaction with law enforcement, regardless of arrest disposition, will also be visible. Please detail all interactions in the appropriate sections. 


Please reference our listing of disqualifying offenses.  LINK

Instructions and Demographic Information


Education-Employment and Military Experience

Arrest-Legal and Criminal History

Release Waivers



Last updated 12/4/2023