Sheriff's Office Employment

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is hiring for the positions of Operations Commander, Animal Control Officer, Contract Animal Shelter Veterinarian, Detention Deputy, Detention Specialist and Patrol Deputy. All full time/year round positions come with an excellent benefits package through Summit County Government, including medical, dental, vision, the county iCare Clinic, and retirement programs.

Detention Facility

The Summit County Detention Facility is a dynamic and energetic 94-bed facility with an average daily population of 57 inmates. We are looking for professional, outgoing people who have a great sense of humor, excellent communication, customer service skills, and attention to detail.  

Colorado POST certification is not required, but applicants must be able to meet POST certification standards. Applicants must not be current drug users. As the possession or use of marijuana is prohibited by federal law, this requirement also applies to marijuana. 

Meals are provided when on shift and are designed by a classically trained chef. Our restaurant quality food is the envy of detention facilities throughout Colorado! 

Summit County Government offers a down-payment assistance program for first time homebuyers, and the Summit County Sheriff's Office also has a volunteer deputy ski program for sworn staff.

Excellent benefits package through Summit County Government, including medical, dental, vision, the county miCare Clinic, and retirement programs.
Serious applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the on-duty sergeant to arrange for a facility tour and ride along at (970) 423-8977.

Summit County Non-Discrimination Guideline

It is the guideline of Summit County Government not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of sex, gender identity or expression, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, on the basis of genetic information of the individual or family member of the individual, or any other protected basis that is unlawful under federal, state, and/or local law in applying or providing terms and conditions of employment. 

Summit County Government does and will continue to take Affirmative Action to assure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or on the basis of genetic information of the individual or family member of the individual.

Operations Division Commander

Position Requirements:  Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well-qualified Operations Division Commander.  This position is a member of the leadership command level in the Sheriff’s Office organization. The position manages these functions through a lieutenant and sergeants: patrol, special operations, and investigations. 

The position performs a wide range of supervisory and professional management and must have the ability to lead, manage, administer budget, and responsible for all operational decision making for the Summit County Operations Division. The position reports directly to the Undersheriff and/or Sheriff. The position works with unusually difficult and technical law enforcement work while exercising command and delegated direction for all activities of the Operations Division.

The work of the position involves extensive responsibility for utilizing independent judgement as well as individual initiative in the implementation of orders, policies, procedures, rules and regulations. The candidate must be skilled in applying these concepts in decision making concerning complex law enforcement and technical problems and in leading subordinate members in routine and emergency situations. The position is responsible for development of an annual budget including capital items, conducting project management, researching budget proposals, and managing expenditures. The position develops the strategic vision and planning for the division; develops policy, reviews and approves policy updates; conducts risk management analysis; ensures divisional staffs are compliant with all required constitutional, statutory, ordinance, policy, and rule requirements. The candidate will demonstrate a proven ability to quickly absorb and understand unfamiliar subject matter.

The candidate will have comprehensive law enforcement experience and demonstrate successful management in similar work environments, including projects and tasks and completing within established timelines. 

The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented professional, organizational, time management and communication skills. The candidate should have excellent customer service demeanor; have strong written and verbal communications experience, be professional in directing and interacting with members of the public from differing social-economic backgrounds and cultures, sworn law enforcement from multiple agencies, attorneys, judges, community partners, and administrative staff during routine interactions and in stressful situations. The candidate should have a demonstrated history of positive attitude and leadership, strong job knowledge, above average attention to detail, a history of self-motivation, and an aptitude for teaching and mentoring others.

Required Qualifications:  Candidates must be Colorado POST certified and in good standing and/or certifiable under current POST guidelines.  The candidate must have at least five years as a law enforcement supervisor with above average reviews, preferably with experience working in a law enforcement operations environment.  Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Law, Public Administration or a related field. Must be able to pass a background check, psychological test, polygraph, physical, and obtain a security clearance for work with Criminal Justice Records. 

Hiring Range: M80, Exempt.  $3391.04 to $5425.65 bi-weekly salary, DOQ, Summit County offers an excellent benefit program

Internal Candidate Application Process: Internal candidates are required to submit a letter of interest and resume through their chain of command to Undersheriff Joel Cochran.  

External Application: Please submit a completed Sheriff’s Office Deputy Application, cover letter, and resume to Administrative Assistant Erin Opsahl at PO Box 210, or at 501 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or via email to  

Deadline Date: Open until filled.


Detention Deputy

Pay Range: $21.28/hr to $23.41/hr DOE

Detentions Deputies are sworn law-enforcement positions, responsible for the safety, security and orderly running of the detention facility. These duties include, but are not limited to: the booking and release of arrestees, inmates and detainees; Courts; transports across the state of Colorado and extraditions throughout the United States, assisting with Court Security duties, including security at the Justice Center and the DA's Office / Probation Office building; fingerprinting; taking mugshots; enforcing facility rules and regulations; conducting criminal investigations; making arrests; writing reports; professionally using the law enforcement radio system; assisting the Civil Division when needed; and, assisting the Operations Division as appropriate. 

Successful applicants will be trained in arrest control/ defensive tactics, firearms, Taser and pepper spray, in addition to over 80 hours of in-service training offered annually. Detention Deputies bid by seniority for twelve hour shifts; Sunday through Tuesday or Thursday through Saturday and work every other Wednesday. This normally works out to working four days with three days off and then working three days with four days off, with some exceptions for training weeks. 
Detention Deputy Application

Detention Specialist

Pay Range: $17.40/hr to $25.22/hr DOE

Detention Specialists are civilian positions responsible for assisting in the safety, security and orderly running of the facility. These duties include, but are not limited to: operating the Control Room in an efficient and orderly manner; answering phone calls; monitoring the camera system; opening secure doors and prioritizing movement throughout the facility; responding to intercoms; listening to and use of the law enforcement radio system; logging movement of trustees participating in the work release program; enforcing facility rules and regulations via the facility intercom system; logging entry and exit of personnel utilizing the Evidence Room and Armory; report writing as needed; and, responsible for monitoring the safety of the detention deputies, arresting officers, volunteers, community partners working in the facility and the inmates. 

Detention Specialists do not have any direct physical contact with arrestees, detainees, or inmates within the facility. Operating the Control Room is a fast paced, critical function within the facility and requires excellent prioritization, multi-tasking, and communication skills. 

The schedule for Detention Specialists may vary, depending on the needs of the facility. 

Detention Specialist Application

Please email with any questions. 

Animal Control Officer (40 hours/week) Non-exempt 

Position Requirements: The Animal Control Division of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well-qualified Animal Control Officer. An Officer enforces Summit County Animal Control Resolutions, Municipal Ordinances, and State Statutes pertaining to the care and control of animals. Issues summons to violators of animal control laws and appears in court as the prosecution witness when necessary. Captures and impounds domestic animals, livestock, and wildlife as required. Investigates animal bite and neglect/cruelty cases.

Provides education of animal care and responsibility to the public on a daily basis and through special presentations. Will be required to perform shelter administrative duties, kennel maintenance duties, maintain accurate records of impounded animals, and euthanize and cremate animals. Will be required to work weekends and be on call for after-hours emergencies 2-3 nights per week. The ideal candidate will be a team oriented professional with strong initiative, customer service, organizational, and communication skills.  The candidate should have a strong desire to work with people and animals.

Expectations of the chosen candidate: The chosen candidate will be expected to demonstrate a positive demeanor, support the mission of Animal Control, and work closely with the public, shelter staff, and volunteers.  

Required Qualifications: 
Applicants must be 21 years of age.
Must have a valid Colorado’s Driver’s License and know how to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to lift 75 lbs. and pursue animals on foot.
Working knowledge of animal behavior. 
Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports. 
Data entry and MS Office skills. 
Public relations experience and excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
Ability to deal with the public in a variety of difficult and sometimes emotional situations. 
Pass a Criminal background check. 
Animal Control Officer experience preferable.  
Candidates proceeding in the process will be required to complete a Sheriff’s Office Civilian Application. 

Hiring Range: $19.52/hour or commensurate with experience and excellent benefit package.

Application Deadline Date: Please submit a resume and letter of interest no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2018 to or Summit County Animal Shelter, 0058 Nancy’s Place, P.O. Box 5225, Frisco, CO 80443.

Contract Animal Shelter Veterinarian

Position Requirements:  The Animal Control Division of Summit County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a veterinarian to perform contract veterinarian services at our animal shelter. Services required include spay and neuter surgeries, minor surgeries, illness diagnostics and treatment, health exams, blood draws, lab interpretations, and other basic vet work for shelter pets.   

Required Qualifications:  
Ability to work 1-2 days per week in the shelter clinic
Ability to work primarily alone with a variety of animal temperaments
Must possess a personal liability insurance policy with limits of not less than $350,000 on account of any one person and $990,000 for each occurrence of property damage or personal injury.  
Be able to acquire a DEA license as an animal shelter vet

Salary:  Services are paid on a fee schedule that is included in the contract.  Please note that this is a request for an independent contractor.  Contractor will not be an Employee of the County.  Benefits are not included in the contract and the contract will be awarded based upon qualifications and availability. 

Application Deadline Date:  Interested candidates should contact Meg Leroux at or 970-668-3230.


Patrol Deputy

Interested parties should download a Patrol application after reading the basic requirements below. 

Pay Range: $25.28/hr to $27.80/hr DOE
Basic Requirements

Job Description 

Patrol Application

Hiring Process: 

  1. Initial application process
  2. Written Testing
  3. Oral Board
  4. Complete a Personal History Questionnaire
  5. Background Investigation
  6. Integrity Interview
  7. Psychological Testing
  8. Polygraph Examination
  9. Executive Interview
  10. Successful completion of the FTO program

Testing for these positions will be TBA. Qualified candidates who are selected to move forward into each phase will be informed by phone or email. 

A completed application may be mailed directly to the Sheriff’s Office at: 501 N. Park Ave./P.O. Box 210, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or may be scanned and emailed to:  

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