Sheriff's Office Employment

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is hiring for the positions of Director Emergency Management, Records Clerk, 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.

Director Emergency Management

Position Requirements:  Summit County Government is seeking a well qualified Director of Emergency Management (DEM) to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Management. The DEM is responsible for comprehensively managing the five programmatic mission areas of Emergency Management and coordinating the program across Elected Offices, Divisions/Departments.  The performance outcome of the position is intended to ensure the preparedness and operational readiness across Summit County Elected Offices, Divisions and Department in the event of an emergency or disaster.  The DEM will work to promote success of the strategic planning, capability building, and coordination with a wide range of external stakeholders and preparedness partners.  The DEM has responsibility in developing and maintaining emergency planning documents, conducting exercise programs, and strengthening working relationships with partners.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced, team-oriented professional with a combination of emergency management and/or public safety supervisory experience and education as described below. The candidate must have demonstrated success in dealing with both private- and public-sector partners, possess leadership experience as a manager in planning, testing, and facilitation with emphasis in emergency management and/or public safety. Successful project management experience, attention to detail, strong leadership and communication skills required. Experience with local, state and federal emergency management concepts, programs, plans, and implementation, strongly preferred. The selected candidate will engage with Elected Officials, Senior Management, Division/Department Director, and Chief Executive Officer level partners and will thus need to demonstrate a strong understanding of the emergency management program areas or the proven ability to quickly absorb and understand unfamiliar subject matter. The DEM serves as a liaison to the community and must therefore possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills and a robust familiarity with Summit County as a community.

Required Qualifications: Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible management and leadership. A combination  of emergency management program administration and public or private sector safety supervisory experience will be considered.  Bachelor’s degree, preferred subject areas Public Administration, Public Safety, Risk Management, Emergency Management.

Licenses and Certifications (preferred and/or successful completion within 1 to 5 years):
Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)
State level Emergency Management Certificate
FEMA Professional Development Series Certificate

Hiring Range: $2,604.00 – 4165.60 bi-weekly, plus excellent benefits. 

Application Deadline Date: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Summit County Government, Human Resources, PO Box 68, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or via email to no later than  September 7, 2017, by 5 p.m.  For more information regarding the Director Emergency Management position, please contact Joel Cochran at (970) 423-8911 or Candidates moving forward in the process will be required to complete and submit a background packet and pass a background investigation, psychological interview and polygraph examination.

Records Clerk

Position Requirements:  Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well qualified Records Clerk. The position performs a wide range of specialized clerical work which involves receiving, filing, maintaining and releasing records related to criminal justice activities. The candidate must be able to process sensitive law enforcement data utilizing paper and computerized records management system. The position performs records checks, information requests from the District Attorney and law enforcement agencies, and does research for public records requests. The position is a back up to the front desk and public counter at the Sheriff’s Office located in the Justice Center in Breckenridge.

The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented professional with strong data entry, organizational, time management and communication skills. The candidate should have excellent customer service demeanor in answering phones and in-person questions in a high volume records management or other work environment, have strong written and verbal communications experience, be professional in directing and interacting with the public during times of emotional and stressful situations. 

The candidate will be experienced and successful in managing work projects and tasks and completing within established timelines. The selected candidate will demonstrate a proven ability to quickly absorb and understand unfamiliar subject matter. 

Required Qualifications: 1 year clerical experience. This can be accomplished through equivalency of professional administrative and customer service positions. Preference will be given to a candidate with a college degree and any experience working in the criminal justice and legal fields. Must be able to pass a background check, psychological test, polygraph, obtain a security clearance for work with Criminal Justice Records, and have or obtain a valid Colorado Driver’s License within 60 days and know how to safely operate a motor vehicle. Candidates proceeding in the process will be required to complete a Sheriff’s Office Civilian Application. 

Hiring Range: $16.92 entry hourly rate (S40) (with potential for up to a 10% increase above base), DOQ, Summit County offers an excellent benefit program

Application Deadline Date: Please submit a 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  no later than September 8, 2017, by 5p.m.   

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.    

Detention Deputy

Pay Range: $20.10/hr to $29.16/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. 


Now Accepting Applications for Patrol Deputy

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

Please email  with any questions.

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