The Mahoning County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Reserve Deputy Sheriff - You must possess a current valid Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certificate to apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff.

****We are actively recruiting minority candidates for these positions.****

In order to apply, please print off the forms below and fill them out in their entirety.  A checklist is provided on the employment application with all the additional documentation required to apply for this position.

Bring or mail these forms and additional required documentation to the Mahoning County Justice Center:

                Attn: Training Division

    110 Fifth Ave     

                Youngstown, Oh 44503


Employment Application Bundle (Be sure to fill out all 5 sections)

 - OR download each section individually:

Employment Application

Full Disclosure

Personal Reference Questionnaire

Pre-Employment Screening Questionnaire

Previous Employment Verification Form


Note: Mahoning County Sheriff's Office will not discriminate against any member or employee on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, disabled, or political affiliation.


Employment Requirements

·         Minimum Requirements for Deputies

·         Age: A Deputy must turn 21 years prior to commission. The Ohio Revised Code 5503.02 stipulates that applicants must enter academy training prior to their 35th birthday. There are no exceptions or waiver.

·         Education: High school diploma or GED.

·         Driver’s License: Must have a valid operator’s license with no more than 6 points currently on your driving record. Must obtain a valid driver’s license prior to commission.

·         Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

·         Vision: You must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 in each eye separately, correctable to 20/20 monocular vision. Color vision must be normal.

·         Hearing: Hearing level shall not exceed 30 decibels of loss at any of the following frequencies: 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, & 3000 Hz in each ear.

·         Character: Applicant must be of good moral character.

·         Application Process: Successfully complete every step of the application process.


Working Conditions

As a Deputy, are you willing to:

·         work in a para-military organization that operates under a structured chain of command?

·         work in an area of the state that may be unfamiliar with?

·         work any shift and have little choice in vacations, days off, or assignments?

·         work weekends and special family occasions, as well as the possibility of working overtime on time off and holidays?

·         be the target of abusive or profane language from the general public you are trying to serve and remain professional?

·         work alone in a large geographical area with back-up many miles away?

·         investigate violent or brutal criminal acts and effectively interact with victims of such crimes?

·         investigate traffic crashes, provide medical attention or comfort to persons who are severely injured or dying, deal with hysterical victims and witnesses, assist with the dead and/or body parts, attend autopsies, and deliver death notifications to next of kin?

·         deal with large amounts of report writing, forms and paperwork?

·         work outdoors in inclement weather?

·         shoot animals such as deer, dogs, cats, etc., who have been seriously injured when struck by a motor vehicle and need to be destroyed?

·         face social isolation from current friends because you are now a law enforcement officer?

·         confront and arrest persons who may be armed, or larger and stronger than you?

·         travel anywhere in the state with little notice, or at odd hours to respond to major emergencies?

·         risk personal injury to assist others or perform dangerous tasks in hostile environments?

·         possibly change your lifestyle in order to uphold the image of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office?


Possible Disqualifiers

The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application:

·         Have you, recently used any of the following that was not prescribed by a physician: speed, steroids, cocaine, crack, heroin, amphetamines, or any other drug of abuse?

·         Have you recently used marijuana?

·         Have you ever sold or established pattern abuse of any of the following: heroin, cocaine, LSD, crack, crank, or PCP?

·         Have you pled Guilty or No Contest to or had a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs within the past five years, or more than one charge ever?

·         Are you currently in the Pretrial process for any criminal charge other than a traffic violation?

·         Do you currently have six or more points on your driving record in any jurisdiction?

·         Have you ever been convicted of or plead Guilty or No Contest to the following:

·         Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (2903.06 Ohio Revised Code).

·         Aggravated Vehicular Assault (2903.08 Ohio Revised Code).

·         Have you ever failed to meet the requirements of child support statutes, or a court order relating to the subject, due to a reason other than your inability to pay?

·         Have you ever been a participant in any of the following acts?:

o   Sexual relations with a child or a person of a childlike mind.

o   Molestation

o   Voyeurism

o   Incest

o   Forced a person into a sexual act

o   Coerced a person into a sexual act by intimidation, intoxication, deception

o   Sexual relations with a child or a person of a childlike mind.

·         Have you ever been convicted of domestic violence or a domestic violence related offense?

Answering yes to any of the questions presented above will NOT result in the rejection of your application at this time. However, if you decide to continue with the selection process, your application may be rejected after an official review of your application packet by the Sheriff's Screening Committee. You may decide to either continue processing and possibly be rejected at that time, or you may voluntarily withdraw from the selection process by notifying a Recruitment officer. This is not an all-inclusive list, as there may be other reasons your application could be rejected.