Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Division III - Appointment to The Department

Deputy Sher­iffs who work at least thir­­­ty-five (35) hours per week on a reg­u­lar basis shall be con­sid­ered full time employ­ees under the Union Coun­ty Code cre­at­ing the Mer­it Commission.

All present­ly employed Deputy Sher­iffs shall have full sta­tus under the Union Coun­ty Code cre­at­ing the Mer­it Com­mis­sion, as amend­ed, who have suc­cess­ful­ly attend­ed an approved course of instruc­tion in law enforce­ment duties, or do so with­in twelve (12) months of the effec­tive date of said Code or with­in that peri­od pass a qual­i­fy­ing exam­i­na­tion admin­is­tered by the Mer­it Com­mis­sion.  The approved course of instruc­tion is the basic police train­ing course cer­ti­fied by the Illi­nois Local Gov­ern­men­tal Law Enforce­ment Offi­cers’ Train­ing Board.

The respon­si­bil­i­ties of the Mer­it Com­mis­sion include:

(A) Prepar­ing and post­ing promi­nent­ly a list of all qual­i­fied can­di­dates at the com­ple­tion of each entry screen­ing process.  These lists will be main­tained for two (2) yearsor until the list is exhaust­ed, whichev­er comes first.  Tests will be held as may be nec­es­sary with a qual­i­fied can­di­date able to retain his or her sta­tus on said qual­i­fied list by advis­ing the Mer­it Com­mis­sion of his or her intent to do so.

(B) Noti­fy­ing all qual­i­fied can­di­dates of their accept­abil­i­ty and that they are being placed on the qual­i­fied list.

(C) With­in fif­teen (15) days, any qual­i­fied can­di­date who declines to accept an appoint­ment will be replaced for said appoint­ment by anoth­er qual­i­fied can­di­date.  A refusal to accept an appoint­ment does not con­sti­tute grounds for removal from the qual­i­fied list.

In con­sid­er­ing appli­cants, the Mer­it Commission:

(A) May give pref­er­ence to per­sons who have hon­or­ably served in the mil­i­tary or naval ser­vices of the­Unit­ed States.

(B) May cer­ti­fy for appoint­ment as a Deputy Sher­iff more per­sons than there are vacan­cies to be filled at the time of such cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.  In such cas­es, the Sher­iff may ini­tial­ly select from this group those to fill the exist­ing vacan­cies and shall, from date of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, as addi­tion­al vacan­cies occur, appoint oth­ers from the remain­ing group;

(C) Is autho­rized to waive one or more of the require­ments set forth here­in for appli­cants who have served in and been hon­or­ably dis­charged from any branch of the mil­i­tary ser­vice, or who have served with anoth­er Sheriff’s Depart­ment, a police depart­ment, or any oth­er law enforce­ment agency;

(D) Shall not con­sid­er an applicant’s polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tion, race, sex, or religion.

Appli­cants for the appoint­ment as Deputy Sher­iff to the Sheriff’s Depart­ment, in addi­tion to meet­ing stan­dards pre­scribed by the Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes con­cern­ing Deputy Sher­iff, must:

(A) Be at least twen­­­ty-one (21) years of age at the time the person’s appli­ca­tion is received by the Com­mis­sion.  A birth cer­tifi­cate shall be fur­nished, if request­ed by the Com­mis­sion.  The Com­mis­sion takes the posi­tion that the phys­i­cal dex­ter­i­ty required of a Deputy Sher­iff is rea­son­ably relat­ed to age and will most like­ly be pos­sessed by an employ­ee in that age range, thus result­ing in bet­ter job per­for­mance and few­er injuries to Deputy Sheriffs;

(B) Be a high school grad­u­ate or have a cer­tifi­cate of equivalency;

(C) Be no less than 5’6” and no more than 6’6” in height if a male, and no less than 5’1” and no more than 5’11” in height if a female.

(D) Have weight in pro­por­tion­ate to height;

(E) Pos­sess a valid Illi­nois Driver’s License at the time of writ­ten application;

(F) Pass a phys­i­cal exam­i­na­tion by a physi­cian accept­able to the Mer­it Com­mis­sion, and, in addition:

  1. Eye test, 20/30 with cor­rec­tive lenses;
  2. Meet such oth­er men­tal, med­ical and phys­i­cal stan­dards as may be pre­scribed from time to time by the Com­mis­sion.  Any phys­i­cal exam­i­na­tion shall be paid for by the applicant.

(G) Be accept­able to the Com­mis­sion fol­low­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion of back­ground, rep­u­ta­tion and character;

(H) Be accept­able to the Com­mis­sion after oral interview;

(I) Be adjudged as qual­i­fied by the Com­mis­sion and placed on a list of qual­i­fied applicants;

(J) Be appoint­ed from the qual­i­fied list, by the Sher­iff when a vacan­cy or vacan­cies exist;

(K) Serve suc­cess­ful­ly a one (1) year pro­ba­tion­ary peri­od, dur­ing which time he is sub­ject to removal by the Sher­iff, at will.  The Com­mis­sion shall be noti­fied by the Sher­iff in writ­ing of the cause or caus­es of removal;

(L) Be a res­i­dent of the State of Illi­nois for one (1) year, and the Coun­ty of Union for thir­ty (30) days; proof of res­i­den­cy is required;

(M) Fur­nish a copy of mil­i­tary ser­vice dis­charge, draft sta­tus and/or lot­tery num­ber.  If nec­es­sary, sign a release for any infor­ma­tion the Com­mis­sion may request from applicant’s mil­i­tary file;

(N) Pass a pre-employ­­­ment poly­graph test, if requested;

(O) Agree to attend an approved course or cours­es for law enforce­ment offi­cers, as may be required by statute or by the Sher­iff, and grad­u­ate from such course or courses.