General Services Division

The General Services Division is responsible for providing a broad range of support services to the entire organization. These services include inventory management, vehicle / equipment purchases, building and vehicle maintenance, hiring process and employee training.

The General Services Division is also responsible for overseeing the Special Deputy program.  The Special Deputy program involves 31 reserve officers who volunteer their time to the Sheriff’s Office for $1 a year, which classifies them as employees for Worker’s Compensation Insurance purposes.  

Special Deputies donate over 3,000 hours to the Sheriff’s Office annually, performing various department functions, including public relations, crime prevention, and patrol activities.  They are responsible for the Cedar River boat patrol that occurs annually Memorial Day through Labor Day.  They also assist with providing law enforcement protection at RAGBRAI and the annual Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival.

Deputy Sheriff Hiring Process

The recruiting and hiring process of the General Service Division receives the majority of inquiries from the public. The most common questions pertain to the steps involved in seeking employment as a Deputy Sheriff.

The following steps are involved in the hiring process for deputies:
  • Physical agility (fitness) tests
  • Written examination
  • Oral interview with the Civil Service Commission
  • Completion of Long Form Application
  • Certification of Civil Service List
  • Background investigation
  • Interview with sheriff’s command staff
  • Conditional offer of employment
  • Polygraph questions that will cover the following:
    • Educational experience
    • Employment experience
    • Personal health
    • Credit and debt history
    • Drug and alcohol use or abuse
    • Criminal history or activity
    • Driver's license and traffic offense information
    • Certain type of sexual activity
For more information on the hiring process, review any of the following resources: