State Marshal

Recruitment #210720-1234SM-SMC


The State Marshal Commission is currently accepting applications for State Marshals. The primary duty is to serve and execute civil process directed to them from individual attorneys, courts or various state and federal agencies.

A State Marshal provides legal execution and service of civil process within counties in Connecticut. This
work includes:

  • serving legal papers--e.g., subpoenas; writs, summons & complaints; legal notices; court orders; executions for liens or garnishments, attachments and summary process judgments for evictions and/or foreclosures; restraining orders; and tax warrants on specified persons in accordance with state statutes;
  • physically removing persons and property from residential or commercial property under court order;
  • collecting payments from defendants under an execution on liens, garnishments or tax warrants and making disbursements to attorneys/clients/town clerks;
  • conducting the sale or auction of property attached under court order and making disbursements of the proceeds to attorneys/clients.

Who we are:

The State Marshal Commission is an Executive Branch commission operating within the Department of Administrative Services with independent decision making authority.

The Commission conducts several core functions, including setting training requirements, professional standards, audit policies, disciplinary protocol, restraining order rotations and administrative procedures for the efficient and fair operation of the state marshal system. By statutes, regulations and policies, the Commission also is involved in many functions, including but not limited to setting training requirements, professional standards, audit policies, disciplinary protocol, restraining order rotations and administrative procedures for the efficient and fair operation of the state marshal system.
The role:

Connecticut State Marshals are NOT employed by the State of Connecticut. They do NOT receive a salary; however, Connecticut State Marshals are eligible to participate in the state's health insurance plan at the group rate at their own expense. State Marshals are independent (self-employed) contractors, and are compensated on a fee for service basis. 

For appointed State Marshals there is an annual administrative fee of $750.00 paid to the State of Connecticut. Persons appointed as a State Marshal will also be required to obtain personal liability insurance (providing $100,000 for damage to the person or property of one person and $300,000 for damage to the person or property of more than one person), in accordance with Sec. 6-30a of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Candidates for State Marshal appointments must:

  • Be an elector (registered voter) in a town within a county where a vacancy for a State Marshal exists.
  • Speak, write and read the English language.
  • Be at least 21 years of age by December 31, 2021.
  • Possess a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • Be free from any physical, mental or emotional disorder that would prevent the person from performing the duties of a State Marshal.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Pass criminal background checks.
  • Pass a credit check.
  • Hold a valid Connecticut driver's license.
  • Pass an examination and all required training.
  • Have adequate financial resources to attend 120 hours of unpaid training and pay for up-front business expenses, which could exceed several thousand dollars, such as: the exam; medical costs; liability insurance; annual fee; office stationary and business cards; postage; DMV user fees; etc.

Applicants must attach the documents below to their application in one PDF file (see "Other" tab when applying). Please ensure your documents can be clearly read before uploading them. Failure to do so may eliminate you from the recruitment process. 

  • Resume
  • Driver's license
  • Voter registration card or other proof of elector status
  • Proof of high school diploma or G.E.D


Selection Plan

The following elements may be part of the State Marshal selection process depending upon how far you advance through the process.

Candidates will be required to successfully complete each step before being scheduled for steps that follow. More details about these elements will be made available if you are scheduled for them. Vacancies will be filled from the pool of candidates that successfully pass all phases of the selection process. Final appointments will be made at the discretion of the State Marshal Commission.

Written Test – multiple-choice questions covering: ability to read and understand complex written materials regarding service of process and execution; ability to prioritize and manage the serving of processes; oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to solve mathematical problems related to monetary transactions; written communication skills. Applicants will have 1 month from notification to complete the exam. Applicants must receive a score of 80% or higher on the written test in order to be eligible to be considered further in the selection process. Applicants are responsible for the application fee.

Background Investigation – fingerprinting and a review of an applicant's education, employment and criminal history, which will include contacting references and employers, and checking state and federal records.

Selection Interview – an interview of selected candidates conducted by members of the State Marshal Commission.

Physical/mental examination - applicants may be required to undergo a physical/mental examination.
Training Program – candidates must successfully complete a formal training program covering the legal execution and service of civil process in accordance with Section 6-38b (f) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Staff Attorney Tom Sousa at (860)713-5372.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.