Deputy Sheriff - Services-As-Needed (SAN)

Recruitment #20-8603N-01


The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff - Services-As-Needed (SAN).  Under general supervision, the Deputy Sheriff (SAN) provides limited law enforcement services on a services-as-needed basis.

Interested applicants should click on the "apply" link found in the recruitment bulletin.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. 

Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.

This is a continuous filing exam with filing deadlines on the first Friday of each month at 5:00 PM. 



Veterans who pass the examination process and provide a DD214 that meets the County’s criteria will receive additional points added to their final overall score. 

Please read the announcement in its entirety for important dates and information.



The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for its law enforcement services, its Regional Training Center,  and its Dispatch Unit; the American Correctional Association (ACA) for its Detentions and Corrections Division; the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board for its Crime Lab; the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board for its Explosive Ordinance Unit.  Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Wellpath, has experience working with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). 


The Sheriff's Office has a current budget of approximately $600 million and has over 1600 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff / Coroner Yesenia L. Sanchez, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriffs Emmanuel Christy and Colby Staysa.



The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:


  • Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
  • Operating the Coroner's Bureau
  • Operating a full-service criminalistics laboratory
  • Performing Civil Process
  • Operating a County Jail (Santa Rita)
  • Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
  • Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
  • Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Oakland International Airport, Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
  • Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements. [Sheriff's Academy website]
  • Providing Fish and Game enforcement
  • Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
  • Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
  • Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters.


For more detailed information about the agency, visit: Alameda County Sheriff's Office.


The classification of Deputy Sheriff – (SAN) is used on a services-as-needed basis and are only used to provide supplemental law enforcement services to meet temporary fluctuations in staffing needs. This class is distinguished from Deputy Sheriff I/II in that the latter classifications perform the full range of law enforcement duties within the Sheriff’s Office. It is further distinguished from Retired Annuitant – Safety I/II in that the latter classifications are limited to individuals who are retired from regular employment in Alameda County Service.  Positions in this classification are not eligible for tenure status.


For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Deputy Sheriff (SAN) (#8603N)





Graduation from High School or possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California).



A minimum of 36 months full-time experience as a Peace Officer in a non-37 Act retirement system in a California law enforcement agency (municipality, Sheriff, Highway Patrol) within the last three years.



  • Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Possession of a valid California Basic P.O.S.T. certificate or recertification certificate.  

Special Requirements:  

  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • If not a citizen of the United States, must have filed for citizenship at least one year before applying for Deputy Sheriff.
  • Federal law and County policy requires that certain positions in the class of Deputy Sheriff – Services-As-Needed, which require a commercial driver's license and the performance of duties defined as "safety sensitive," are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.
  • A thorough background investigation will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriffs – Services-As-Needed. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.    

Physical Requirements:

  • Hearing must be normal in each ear.
  • Using both eyes, must have far vision of at least 20/100 without glasses, correctable to 20/20 with glasses. Must be free from color blindness and permanent abnormality in either eye. 
  • These standards are confined to far vision and color vision. There are additional standards which may apply to other possible specific visual deficiencies.
  • Applicants must be in excellent physical condition with above average strength, endurance and agility, and must meet Commission approved safety member physical standards.  

NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of law enforcement and law enforcement terminology.
  • Basic English usage including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Basic preparation of law enforcement incident report writing.
  • Basic principles and concepts of law enforcement safety procedures.  

Ability to:

  • Read, understand, interpret and apply department policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement work.
  • Write clear, concise comprehensive reports.
  • Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, and events.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.
  • Exert physical force in the apprehension of suspects and in the saving of lives and property.
  • Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
  • Identify and address issues, problems, and opportunities.
  • Interact with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions.
  • Work effectively even when under stress or experiencing conflict.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.
  • Perform routine clerical and record keeping duties.
  • Quickly learn and apply the rules, procedures, laws and regulations relevant to the work.


1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaire to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A Physical Abilities Test (qualifying only).  Candidates passing this test will move on to the next step in the examination process.

3) An Oral Examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.

4) A thorough Background Investigation and Psychological Examination will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriffs. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.  Candidates who successfully complete all application, PAT, interview, and background processes will be assigned to a position as vacancies arise.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

For more information on the Civil Service Selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN - For applications submitted by the March 3, 2023 filing deadline.

Deadline for Filing:


Review of Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires for Minimum Qualification:



PRACTICE Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

*Saturday, June 24, 2023

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

*Saturday, July 15, 2023

Oral Exam

*Week of July 24, 2023

*Updated 4/26/2023


Continuous: We will accept applications during this period.  All applications must be completed according to the instructions.  Incomplete applications, and resumes in lieu of properly completed applications, will not be considered.  Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted electronically, via the County's online application system by 5pm on the deadline for filing.  Please note that completing an application template is not the same as submitting an application for this position.  To apply for the position, select the "Click Here to Apply" link on the announcement.


Saturday, June 24, 2023:  Practice Physical Abilities Test.  Although not a test component or part of the selection plan, a practice PAT will be held at the Regional Training Center track located at 6289 Madigan Road in Dublin, CA. Sheriff’s Office staff will be available to provide assistance and guidance to candidates on all aspects of the PAT. Candidates who choose to participate in the practice should wear athletic clothing and arrive at the bleachers any time between the hours of 8am - 5pm. Participation in the practice PAT does not guarantee continued participation in the exam process. Guidance and assistance is not provided on the day of the actual PAT.


Saturday, July 15, 2023:  Physical Abilities Test (Qualifying only) to assess candidates’ abilities to perform the physical aspects of law enforcement work. Those passing the PAT will be scheduled for the Oral Board Interview.  We are not accepting previous Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) scores in lieu of the scheduled PAT.  Qualifying candidates must participate and successfully pass the PAT to move forward in the recruitment process. 



Week of July 24, 2023: Oral Board Interviews (weighted as 100% of the candidate's score) will consist of an evaluation conducted by an interview panel (the oral exam may include situational exercises).


IMPORTANT:  All qualifying candidates will receive an email notification at least 10 days prior to the scheduled exam.


Veterans’ Preference
Each applicant entitled to veterans’ preference as provided in the Alameda County Civil Service Rules who has served in the armed forces of the United States during a war or campaign as defined by Section 1897 of the Government Code of the State of California and who has been discharged or released under honorable conditions and wishes to claim such preference shall do so by presenting proof of his/her honorable discharge (DD214) from the armed forces of the United States, showing the dates of his/her military service. Each applicant entitled to Disabled Veterans’ points as provided in the Alameda County Civil Service Rules, who wishes to claim such preference shall additionally present proof of military-connected disability from the United States Veterans Administration.

U.S. military veterans (including applicants already employed by the County of Alameda) intending to claim preferential consideration pursuant to Alameda County Civil Service Rules must present proof of honorable discharge or release (DD Form 214) concurrent with this application but in no event later than the final step in the recruitment process (usually the oral interview.)

To claim veteran’s preference, proof must be presented during check in on the date of the applicant’s scheduled oral interview. Failure to submit proof by this date will forfeit the applicant's claim to veterans' preference in such examination. 

Candidates will be required to present a valid photo I.D. for admittance to each phase of the examination, i.e., driver's license, military I.D., Passport, or California Department of Motor Vehicle's I.D. card.  




Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.  


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,



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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.