Sheriff's Office

Sheriffs Office


It is the mission of the Linn County Sheriff's Office to protect the lives and property of the citizens of this county by providing the highest quality and most professional law enforcement, correctional, and support services attainable in a cost-effective manner.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office is the second largest sheriff's office in Iowa. We employ 190 full-time employees; 122 of which are sworn.  In addition, we “employ” a reserve deputy sheriff force of 30 members who volunteer their time to the community.  For FY18, our budget is $21.9 million.

We are a full service law enforcement agency that operates seven areas of public service, including the Patrol, Criminal (detective), Communications, General Services, Finance, Civil, and Correctional Center Divisions.

Now Accepting Deputy Sheriff Applications 

All applicantions were due at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018

Required Civil Service Physical Fitness & Written Exam 
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Coe College - Clark Racquet Center
400 College Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

All applicants MUST have their valid driver's license AND social security card with them at the time of the testing. Failure to bring both of these documents may result in you not being allowed to take the physical fitness and written exam and you will have to drop out of the selection process. The physical fitness exam will be given prior to the written exam. Be sure to wear loose fitting clothing that is appropriate for exercise (i.e. gym clothes, running shoes, etc.). 

Physical Standards

POST Exam Study Information
In preparation for the written exam, Stanard and Associates, Inc. offers an online version of The National Police Officer Selection test (POST) candidate Study Guide, as well as, an online practice version of the POST itself. Visit for more information.

Voluntary Registration Program for Persons with
Autism, Alzheimer's, & Developmental Disabilities

The Cedar Rapids Police Department, in cooperation with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, has developed Home Again CR, a voluntary registration program that provides Linn County law enforcement agencies with identifying information and cues to aid in assisting persons with Autism, Alzheimer's, or other developmental disabilities. The program is intended for individuals who may be unable to respond appropriately or identify themselves to law enforcement officers; children who wander or elope as a symptom of Autism or other developmental disabilities; or individuals who are non-verbal or unable to communicate effectively. 

Through this voluntary registration program, law enforcement officers will be better able to identify persons who are unable to identify themselves and safely reunite them with their loved ones.

Home Again CR Registration

Sign up for Linn Alerts! We will notify you in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. The system provides a voice, text, and/or email alert to the number provided by you. This is a free service provided by Linn County; however, normal messaging fees may be applied by your service provider. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities.
NOTE: Linn County cannot guarantee notifications will be received by the intended recipient as notifications are dependent upon external providers (phone carrier, cell phone provider, email service, etc.). You will not receive unsolicited calls, and neither the County nor its system vendor sells the contact number database.