The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office offers an opportunity to be a part of one of the most distinguished group of professionals in the country.  Flathead County Sheriff’s Patrol Division has the responsibility of patrolling 5,071 square miles.  In addition, applicants interested in working as a Corrections Deputy have the opportunity to work in a Corrections Facility that houses over 70 local, state, and sometimes federal inmates.

We are looking for applicants in both the patrol and corrections disciplines that possess strong interpersonal and written communication skills.  We are looking for applicants who want to be leaders in their communities and whose integrity is beyond reproach.  Applicants must have a respect for those around them, and must be able to earn the respect of those that they serve.  Our standards are high and our recruitment process is thorough, but for those applicants that become a part of our agency, the rewards of serving our community are numerous.

If you are interested in joining our reserve deputy program or if it’s regarding full-time employment, please contact Commander Nic Salois at 406.758.5869 or email at

Deputy Sheriff Qualifications

  • United States citizenship;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED;
  • Physical Examination.  All law enforcement officers and applicants must be examined by a licensed physician or surgeon and be in excellent mental and physical health;


The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has determined that there are some past and present behaviors that will determine that an applicant is not desirable for our agency.  Applicants who have past or current behavior as listed below will not be considered for employment:

  • Alcohol Use – current alcohol abuse is prohibited.
  • Drug Use – current or recent use of illegal drugs or abuse of any legal drug is prohibited. Any illegal drug use (with the exception of marijuana use as outlined above) in a person’s lifetime, including but not limited to: narcotics, stimulants, cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, depressants, steroids, designer drugs, and inhalants disqualifies an applicant from further consideration.
  • Discharge from Another Agency – Being discharged from another agency (probationary or for cause) within the last three years.
  • Felony Criminal Activity – any conviction of a felony and the commission of a serious detected or undetected felony.
  • Domestic Violence – any conviction of a crime involving domestic violence.
  • Controlled Substance – conviction for possession or manufacturing of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
  • Traffic/Driving – inability to be insured to drive a motor vehicle, failure to possess a valid driver’s license, and inability to be licensed to drive a motor vehicle.
  • Government – membership or participation in any organization advocating the violent overthrow of the government of the United States.
  • Discrepancies – misrepresentation, misinformation, misleading, inaccurate, untruthful, or distorted information provided on the Background Questionnaire or during any part of the selection process.
  • Appointments – failure to keep an appointment at any step of the hiring process without the prior approval of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Selection – failure to pass any step of the selection process or meet the minimum standards of the position.
  • Change – failure to notify the office of a change in current address and/or telephone number.
  • Moral – the applicant must be of good moral character and behavior.
  • Other – behaviors which do not necessarily reach the level of severity of the dis-qualifiers listed above, but may still be a basis for rejection after consideration of each case on its individual merits.

Selection Process

This process is designed to identify applicants who possess the ability and integrity required to be a law enforcement officer with our agency.

  • Pre-Screen Interview – An interview to determine if an applicant is likely to fail a background.  This process helps to screen out any immediately disqualifying factors that an applicant may have.
  • MPAT (Montana Physical Agility Testing) – A ¼ mile obstacle course consisting of running, jumping, crawling, climbing, falling, balancing, dragging, pushing and pulling.  This course simulates chasing a suspect, the struggle with a suspect, and the carrying of the suspect.  The course must be completed in a time of 5 minutes and 30 seconds or less.
  • Written Exam – Reading, writing, and math exercises.
  • Oral Board Interview and Typing Test
  • Thorough Background Investigation
  • Interview with Sheriff or Designee
  • Psychological Examination
  • Physical Examination

Deputy Sheriff Training

The recruit is then sent to a 12-week academy in Helena Montana.  At the academy they will learn firearms, defensive tactics, defensive driving, legal aspects, safety training, and physical fitness.  Completion of the academy and the Field Training Deputy Program earns them statewide certification.

Upon graduating, trainees will be placed in the Field Training Deputy Program.  They will spend 12 weeks with Field Training Officers (FTO). Each recruit will be placed with three different FTOs for a period of 5 weeks each. If you are interested in becoming a Flathead County Sheriff Deputy, you will work with other deputies who have made it through this intensive hiring and training process.  This ensures that your co-workers are highly competent, responsible, and equally invested in the community you serve.

Why Work For Us?

We know that community support is of the utmost importance for a successful agency.  We want deputies who have the same drive and interest in maintaining that support.  We are here to serve the people that we are neighbors with and people that otherwise participate in our day-to-day activities.

We are committed to building and maintaining a strong department that has the maturity and vision to recognize that public safety is a partnership with our citizens.  We are engaged with the schools.  Our deputies read to the students, interact with the students, and talk to them about the dangers of drugs, peer pressure, and the many things that children today deal with.  We partner with the organizations that you and your family are a part of.  We encourage our employees to participate in fundraisers that are important to the well-being of the community.  You will have pride knowing that you are a part of what makes Flathead County such a great place to live.  You are a part of a team of professionals who protect and give to their community.

The heart of our agency is a team of professionals that have the discipline, drive, integrity, maturity and leadership skills required to provide a very demanding level of service to the people, with an extraordinary level of professionalism.  We are looking for candidates who possess these traits.  If you are that person, please contact our agency for information on where to apply.

How Do I Apply?

You may apply by going to the Flathead County Human Resources website and click on “Job Opportunities“.  Applications for all positions are only available during a hiring process.