Merit Commission Application Process

The Merit Commission is responsible for testing and certification for all sworn deputies and corrections officers. Applications for the position of Sheriff’s Deputy or Corrections Officer are only accepted after the Commission, by news release and/or classified newspaper ad, states it is accepting applications.

Applications from those wishing to apply for positions through the lateral transfer process are accepted ONLY during the same posted time period. Please include your letter requesting consideration for a lateral transfer with your application. You must be a full time, currently employed, officer with another department to be eligible for lateral transfer consideration.

All applicants are notified in writing of the testing date, time, and location and other pertinent information.

The general procedure is as follows:

For Deputy Sheriff - Notification of Applicant Testing

  1. Physical agility test

  2. Written test for those who pass the physical test

  3. Oral interview before the Merit Commission for those who passed both the physical and written test

  4. After this an individual is either accepted or rejected by the Merit Commission for the certification list to be given to the Sheriff as certified for hiring.

For Corrections Officer - Notification of Applicant Testing

  1. Written test

  2. Oral interview before the Merit Commission for those who passed the written test

  3. Accepted or rejected for the certified list to be given to the Sheriff for hiring.

For either position, the Sheriff and his staff perform a background investigation, oral interview, and other reviews as they deem necessary.

For all other positions in the Sheriff’s Office, you may download the application form, complete it, and bring it or mail it to:

Adams County Sheriff Office
521 Vermont St
Quincy, Illinois 62301