Clay County Sheriff


We occasionally have open positions.  Those interested in being placed on an eligibility list for future openings are encouraged to complete an application and submit their test scores for consideration.  Information about the testing process and an application are found below.

The most frequent position where we have openings is as a Clay County Jail Correctional Officer.  The position of Correctional Officer is a great start to a career in both corrections and as a police officer. 

Occasionally we will have openings for Deputy Sheriff or Administrative/Clerical staff.

Here are some of the minimum qualifications for these positions:

Correctional Officer:   

  • High School Graduate or GED
  • Minimum age of 18
  • No felony Convictions

 Deputy Sheriff:

  • High School Graduate or GED ( College degree is preferred)
  • Minimum age of 21
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions
  • Valid Driver's License

 Clerical staff:

  • High School Graduate or GED
  • Minimum age of 18
  • No felony convictions 

All of these positions require applicants of strong moral character and applicants who will successfully pass a background investigation. 

Download an application for employment here:    pdf application

Applicants must complete a standard test at one of the many testing locations available in North and South Dakota.  This test may be taken at any time but will be valid for 1 year.  To register for the test go to the web site and follow the instructions to set up an account and schedule a test.   

****For the position of Deputy Sheriff, you must take the Deputy Sheriff exam!  For the Correctional Officer position we will accept either the Corrections Officer exam or the Deputy Sheriff exam.  If you would like to be considered for future Deputy Sheriff positions at this or other agencies, please take the Deputy exam regardless of the current position open.  If you are specifically interested in working in corrections at this or another agency, you should choose to take the Corrections Officer exam. 

The applicant test can be taken at sites such as the University of South Dakota in Vermillion as well as other locations listed on the web site.  There is a fee to take the examination.  You will be prompted to list agencies which you would like to receive your scores.  Please make sure to choose the Clay County Sheriff's Office so that we can consider you for employment.

 Good Luck!