The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office always is seeking career-minded, qualified and professional applicants for positions in Communications, Corrections and Road Divisions.

If you have questions regarding the application process or posted positions, please contact:

Chief Deputy Brad York at:
Ottawa County Courthouse
315 Madison St. Port Clinton, OH 43452

Ottawa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, no unsolicited phone calls.


Employment applications are accepted at any time, even if all positions are filled, for future evaluation.  Employment applications will be available for download on the agency website. The completion of a regular application form will ensure that each candidate be considered for all positions within the agency for which he is qualified.  Applications are kept on file for at least twelve months, after which the application will be destroyed.  Applications of hired individuals are maintained in their employee file.  Applicants, at the time of application, will be advised that their application will be kept on file for further review for twelve months unless the applicant request that the application not be maintained for further consideration.

We encourage you to download our EmploymentApplication.pdf in Adobe (.pdf) format.


Whenever a vacant position is to be filled within the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, a number of guidelines exist to ensure all applicants are treated equally to include the following:

  1. A position vacancy notice will be posted within the agency. It is noted that promotions and transfers within the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office are governed by Section 19 of the FOP/OLC Bargaining Agreement. This agreement covers both the application and selection process.
  2. A position vacancy notice can be posted on the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office website or posted in newsprint when there are no qualified applicants currently on staff, or no one from within the Sheriff’s Office applies for the position.
  3. A Sheriff’s appointee will evaluate active applications, including:
    a. Any applicant nominated by the Sheriff;
    b. Qualified persons already employed by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office;
    c. And any other qualified persons;
  4. Qualified applicants will be considered based upon the following criteria, all of which are equally important:
    a. Work experience;
    b. Education;
    c. Related course work;
    d. Related training;
    e. Additional skills and abilities;
    f. Interview of applicant;
    g. References of other employers;
    h. Recommendations and personal references;
    i. Prior or current service with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
  5. After selecting qualified applicants for whom an interview is being granted, the interview/screening panel will convene and conduct interviews of the selected candidates. The interview/screening process may include written, physical, mental and performance based testing as dictated by the Sheriff. At the completion of the interview/screening process, the panel will make a recommendation to the Sheriff. The Sheriff may elect to interview perspective candidates. The Sheriff retains the final appointment authority.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer that supports the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), and must respond to reasonable requests for job accommodations and take reasonable action to employ qualified individuals with disabilities. This agency is committed to making reasonable sustained, diligent efforts to identify and consider such individuals for employment and for possible advancement opportunities arising during employment.

It is the sworn duty of all law enforcement officers to uphold the constitutional rights of all individuals. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office strictly prohibits any retaliatory action against an employee for opposing a practice which he or she believes to be discriminatory. This includes the filing of an internal complaint or the filing of a complaint with a state or federal civil rights enforcement agency.

Non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity is the policy. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office shall provide equal terms and conditions of employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, military status, or disability. This applies to all terms or conditions associated with the employment process, including hiring, promotions, terminations, discipline, performance evaluations, and interviews. All employees are expected to abide by the procedures as outlined within this policy. Violation of this policy will subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

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