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.