Code of Ordinances

Of Union County, Illinois.

4-2-20 Appointment to The Department

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.

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