Sheriff's Office Employment

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is hiring for the positions of Detentions Sergeant, Animal Control Officer, Patrol Cadet, Detention Deputy and Patrol Deputy. All full time/year round positions come with an excellent benefits package through Summit County Government, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement programs.

Detention Facility

The Summit County Detention Facility is a dynamic and energetic 94-bed facility with an average daily population of 57 inmates. We are looking for professional, outgoing people who have a great sense of humor, excellent communication, customer service skills, and attention to detail.  

Colorado POST certification is not required, but applicants must be able to meet POST certification standards. Applicants must not be current drug users. As the possession or use of marijuana is prohibited by federal law, this requirement also applies to marijuana. 

Meals are provided when on shift and are designed by a classically trained chef. Our restaurant quality food is the envy of detention facilities throughout Colorado! 

Summit County Government offers a down-payment assistance program for first time homebuyers, and the Summit County Sheriff's Office also has a volunteer deputy ski program for sworn staff.

Excellent benefits package through Summit County Government, including medical, dental, vision, the county miCare Clinic, and retirement programs.
Serious applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the on-duty sergeant to arrange for a facility tour and ride along at (970) 423-8977.

Summit County Non-Discrimination Guideline

It is the guideline of Summit County Government not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of sex, gender identity or expression, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, on the basis of genetic information of the individual or family member of the individual, or any other protected basis that is unlawful under federal, state, and/or local law in applying or providing terms and conditions of employment. 

Summit County Government does and will continue to take Affirmative Action to assure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or on the basis of genetic information of the individual or family member of the individual.

Detention Deputy

Salary: $24.01/hr DOQ

Detentions Deputies are sworn law-enforcement positions, responsible for the safety, security and orderly running of the detention facility. These duties include, but are not limited to: the booking and release of arrestees, inmates and detainees; Courts; transports across the state of Colorado and extraditions throughout the United States, assisting with Court Security duties, including security at the Justice Center and the DA's Office / Probation Office building; fingerprinting; taking mugshots; enforcing facility rules and regulations; conducting criminal investigations; making arrests; writing reports; professionally using the law enforcement radio system; assisting the Civil Division when needed; and, assisting the Operations Division as appropriate. 

Successful applicants will be trained in arrest control/ defensive tactics, firearms, Taser and pepper spray, in addition to over 80 hours of in-service training offered annually. Detention Deputies bid by seniority for twelve hour shifts; Sunday through Tuesday or Thursday through Saturday and work every other Wednesday. This normally works out to working four days with three days off and then working three days with four days off, with some exceptions for training weeks. 
Detention Deputy Application

Please email with any questions. 

Detentions Sergeant

Position Requirements:  Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Detentions Sergeant. This position supervises and manages assigned personnel and has the responsibility of the safe and orderly operations of the detention facility.  The Detentions Sergeant supervises a shift of one to five deputies within the detentions facility and up to two Court Security Deputies to ensure the proper operation and safety of the Justice Center Complex, which consists of the Justice Center and the District Attorney / Probation Department building.  The Detentions Sergeant may have other duties as directed by the Command Staff.  The primary work location is the Detention Facility, located in the Justice Center in Breckenridge.

The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented professional with strong office, organizational, time management and communication skills. The candidate should have excellent customer service demeanor, with experience in a detentions environment, have strong written and verbal communications experience, should be professional in directing and interacting with the people during times of emotional and stressful situations.  The candidate should have a demonstrated history of positive attitude and leadership, strong job knowledge, above average attention to detail, a history of self-motivation, and an aptitude for teaching and mentoring others.  

Required Qualifications:  The candidate must have at least one year of law enforcement experience, with above average reviews, preferably with experience working in a detention environment.  Preference to a candidate with prior experience, training, and education in Detentions/Corrections, criminal justice or a related field. Must be able to pass a background check, psychological test and polygraph. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle.  This position does not require Peace Officers and Standards Training (POST) certification. Placement in the position will require the candidate successfully complete or have completed the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detentions Division training program.

Hiring Range: PS80, Non-Exempt.  $31.10/hour entry (up to a 10% increase DOQ)

Application Deadline Date: Please submit a completed Deputy Application located on the employment webpage of along with a professional cover letter and resume to Administrative Assistant Erin Opsahl at PO Box 210, or at 501 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge 80424 or via email to  the position is posted as Open Until Filled.

Detention Deputy Application

Animal Control Officer

Position Requirements: The Animal Control Division of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well-qualified Animal Control Officer. An Officer enforces Summit County Animal Control Resolutions, Municipal Ordinances, and State Statutes pertaining to the care and control of animals. Issues summons to violators of animal control laws and appears in court as the prosecution witness when necessary. Captures and impounds domestic animals, livestock, and wildlife as required. Investigates animal bite and neglect/cruelty cases.

Provides education of animal care and responsibility to the public on a daily basis and through special presentations. Will be required to perform shelter administrative duties, kennel maintenance duties, maintain accurate records of impounded animals, and euthanize and cremate animals. Will be required to work weekends and be on call for after-hours emergencies 2-3 nights per week.
The ideal candidate will be a team oriented professional with strong initiative, customer service, organizational, and communication skills.  The candidate should have a strong desire to work with people and animals.

Expectations of the chosen candidate: The chosen candidate is expected to demonstrate a positive demeanor, support the mission of Animal Control, and work closely with the public, shelter staff, and volunteers.  

Required Qualifications: 
Applicants must be 21 years of age.
Must have a valid Colorado’s Driver’s License at time of appointment and throughout employment and know how to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to lift 75 lbs. and pursue animals on foot.
Working knowledge of animal behavior. 
Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports. 
Data entry and MS Office skills. 
Public relations experience and excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
Ability to deal with the public in a variety of difficult and sometimes emotional situations. 
Pass a Criminal background check. 
Animal Control Officer experience preferable.  
Candidates proceeding in the process will be required to complete a Sheriff’s Office Civilian Application. 

Hiring Range: $20.21-$22.23/hour DOQ and excellent benefit package.

Application Deadline Date: This position is open until filled. Please submit an application, resume and cover letter to or in person at the Summit County Animal Shelter, 0058 Nancy’s Place, P.O. Box 5225, Frisco, CO 80443 or online 


Patrol Cadet

Position Description:  Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a qualified Patrol Cadet.  The applicant selected for the position attends a Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy to obtain POST Certification. Upon POST Certification, the Patrol Cadet promotes to Patrol Deputy. The Patrol Cadet’s primary job location is at a POST Academy located in either the Denver Metropolitan Area or Glenwood Springs. 

Minimum Qualifications:  MUST be Colorado POST certifiable. Other minimum requirements: 21 years of age, high school diploma or equivalent, valid CO Driver's License. Must pass written, oral, physical, psychological, polygraph and background tests.

Hiring Range: $24.01 per hour plus excellent benefits package. Pay rate increases to $28.53 per hour upon POST Certification and promotion to Patrol Deputy. The position is budgeted as full-time, 40 hours per week. 

Application Submission:  Summit County Sheriff Patrol Deputy Application documents are available at the Summit County Sheriff's Office, 501 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado. The position is posted open until filled. Please submit a completed Patrol Deputy Application at PO Box 210, or at 501 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or via email to   

Patrol Deputy

Interested parties should download a Patrol application after reading the basic requirements below. 

Salary: $28.53 per hour
Basic Requirements

Job Description 

Patrol Deputy Application

Hiring Process: 

  1. Initial application process
  2. Written Testing
  3. Oral Board
  4. Complete a Personal History Questionnaire
  5. Background Investigation
  6. Integrity Interview
  7. Psychological Testing
  8. Polygraph Examination
  9. Executive Interview
  10. Successful completion of the FTO program

Testing for these positions will be TBA. Qualified candidates who are selected to move forward into each phase will be informed by phone or email. 

A completed application may be mailed directly to the Sheriff’s Office at: 501 N. Park Ave./P.O. Box 210, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or may be scanned and emailed to:  

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