The Sheriff’s Office is Hiring Field Services Deputies – Apply Now!

We are currently accepting applications for Field Services Deputy. Any Questions may be directed to Lt. Eric Sanborn at

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Applicants for the position of Uniformed Patrol Deputy Must: 

  • Applicant must be a minimum age of 21 years old.
  • Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Applicant must be free of any felony convictions.
  • Applicant must be a certified or certifiable police officer in the State of Michigan as governed by the Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) or be actively enrolled in a MCOLES approved police academy at the time of application and provide documentation of same.
  • Applicant must pass a thorough background investigation and be free of any instances of moral turpitude.

Pay Rate Information:

  • In 2024, the Deputy position is a Union position as starting pay is up to $$60,893/year (based on 84 hour pay period) and a top end wage scale for this position is up to $79,883/year (based on 84 hour pay period).

Benefit Information:

  • Hybrid pension plan which includes a Defined Contribution and a Defined Benefit with an employer match
  • Optional Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Basic Life & AD&D insurance
  • Voluntary benefits such as Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital policies
  • Employer sponsored Employee Assistance Program
  • Annual $500 per year for Wellness
  • $200 annual stipend for Equipment/clothing/boot allowance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for both Health and Dependent Care
  • 13 paid holidays, Vacation and Sick time
  • Deputy Assigned Vehicle Program
  • Relaxed Facial Hair and Tattoo Policy for Deputies

Essential Job Functions of a Uniformed Patrol Deputy

  • Affect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Climb over obstacles; climb through openings jump down from elevated surfaces; jump over obstacles, ditches and streams; and crawl in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Communicate effectively over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications, often under adverse conditions such as siren usage and high-speed vehicle operation.
  • Communicate verbally and effectively by listening to people and giving information, directions and command.
  • Operate an emergency vehicle; during the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, while exercising due care and caution; and, in congested traffic, unsafe road conditions, and environmental conditions such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Load, aim and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency-specific firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.
  • Conduct searches of buildings and large outdoor areas that may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of times.
  • Exercise independent judgment within legal guidelines, to determine when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.
  • Identify wanted persons and vehicles; and, locate stolen property and identify potential evidence, which requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.
  • Manage interpersonal conflicts to maintain order.
  • Enter and exit vehicles quickly to perform rescue operations, pursue a suspect or answer and emergency call.
  • Perform law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.
  • Perform tasks that require lifting, carrying, or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue, or general patrol functions.
  • Perform searches of persons which involve touching and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects on foot, both day and night, in unfamiliar terrain.
  • Read and comprehend rules, regulations, policies, procedures and the law for purpose of ensuring appropriate officer behavior/response and performing enforcement activities involving the public.
  • Subdue resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing subject control maneuvers or approved non-lethal weapons.
  • Use bodily force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Perform other essential tasks as identified by the employing agency, and/or the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards job-task analysis.
Sheriff’s Office
Jenny Nash, Livingston County Treasurer
Michael Murphy

Phone Numbers

Office: (517) 546-2440
Tip Line: (517) 546-8477
Jail: (517) 546-2445
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergencies: (517) 546-9111

Office Hours

Mon-Thu: 7 a.m. -7 p.m.
Fri: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed County Holidays


150 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 545-9627