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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick


Deputy Sheriff Qualifications

Below is a summary of requirements for placement on the candidate list for appointment as a DuPage County Deputy Sheriff, along with other related information. For a complete and official statement of qualifications and regulations governing applications for Deputy Sheriff, you should refer to the Rules, Regulations and Procedures of the DuPage County Sheriff's Merit Commission available at the DuPage County Department of Human Resources, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois.


  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time application is received by the Commission; and
  • Be a United States citizen; and
  • Be, or become upon certification for placement on the Deputy Sheriff Candidate list, a resident of the State of Illinois.
  • Be, or become within one (1) year from being appointed, domiciled within the required residency boundaries and maintain such domicile as a condition of appointment; and
  • Hold, or obtain upon certification for placement on the Deputy Sheriff candidate list, a valid Illinois drivers license, which has not been suspended or revoked, and maintain such as a condition of appointment; and
  • Not have a felony conviction nor a domestic violence criminal conviction nor a dishonorable discharge (U.S. Army RE-4 separation classification or equivalent) from military service; and
  • Pass a written examination, interviews, background investigation, and other screening and testing required by the Commission.


Have the following educational credentials, military service, and/or law enforcement experience:

  • Associate or higher degree; or certifiable completion of at least 60 semester hours at an accredited university, college, junior or community college; or other institution of higher learning (but not trade or vocational school); or
  • High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate and service either in the United States military or four (4) years as a full-time peace officer with a police department or sheriff’s office in the United States with a letter of creditable service; or
  • Such combination of educational credentials and of military service or law enforcement experience determined as suitable by the Commission for candidacy as a Deputy Sheriff;


NOTE: Meeting all of the foregoing qualifications is not a guarantee of employment as a Deputy Sheriff, but only entitles the applicant to placement upon a list of candidates eligible to be considered for appointment as a Deputy Sheriff. All Deputy Sheriff appointments are made by the Sheriff, not by the Commission. All newly appointed Deputy Sheriff's must serve a probationary period of 1 year from the date of appointment.


  • Starting Salary $56,152.00
  • Paid vacation, holidays or compensatory holiday pay, and sick leave
  • Health, dental and life insurance
  • Pension and Deferred Compensation


  • Cook, DuPage, Kane or Kendall Counties; or
  • Northern Will County, south from its boundary with Cook and DuPage Counties to a line that would be formed by extending Will County's southern most boundary with Cook County directly west to Kendall County; or
  • Other areas, which the Sheriff of DuPage County may from time to time approve.

The DuPage County Sheriff's Office in an Equal Opportunity Employer