Hiring Process

Additional Information

Applications for the position of Civilian Detention Officer are always accepted through the Black Hawk County HR Portal. Openings and testing dates will be announced through the Black Hawk County HR Portal.

All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only. Therefore,it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements. Resumes,transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for further consideration. Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process. 

An online application is required. To apply, submit:

1) online application at Black Hawk County Online;

2) proof of education and/or required certification(s). 

An eligible and qualified veteran may be entitled to preference in employment under Iowa Code §35C.1. A veteran is an individual who meets the definition set forth in Iowa Code §35.1.In order to assert this preference a voluntary veterans preference form must be included.Applicants will receive notifications by email. 

Note: The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire. Your responses to these questions will assist in screening applications to determine who continues in the selection process. Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration. 
Do not refer to a resume or other documentation. 

Job Advertisement

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the position of Civilian Detention Officer.  A hiring list of the top candidates will be developed from those who pass the required examinations, pre-employment testing, and oral interview.  The hiring list will be used to fill the current openings and any vacancies that may occur during the next year.

The Sheriff's Office will provide testing pools for the position of Civilian Detention Officer periodically, anticipating one (1) to two (2)times per year, or sooner if needed.  Therefore applications will be accepted at any time and applicants will be notified by email through the application system (BHC Human Resource's Application Portal) of when the next testing dates are scheduled.

Click here for the press release from County Sheriff Tony Thompson: Black Hawk County Jail to Begin Hiring Civilian Detention Officers


Application Special Instructions

Applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment aptitude test, polygraph,background check, occupational health screening, drug test, and oral interview. 

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