Application Requirements

Employment Application Information
We appreciate your interest in employment with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. All applicants must
complete an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office application. Applications can be obtained in the front lobby of
the Sheriff’s Office, 420 Hampton Avenue, NE, Aiken, South Carolina, the Detention Center, 435 Wire Road,
Aiken, South Carolina, or at the SC Works Aiken Center, 1571 Richland Avenue, East, Aiken, South Carolina
or online at: www.aikencountysheriff.org

Please complete the application found at the bottom of this page accurately and completely, especially information concerning past employers and references (giving FULL addresses, telephone  numbers, etc.).  Questionnaires are mailed to references, current and past employers you indicate in your application, therefore, correct mailing addresses are important. The Sheriff’s Office accepts applications on a continual basis. Completed applications may be turned in at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office or Detention Center, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and
4:00 p.m., or to the SC Works Aiken Center location, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (addresses listed above) or completed applications may also be mailed to the Sheriff’s Office at the following address listed below / or / email to: sheriffjobs@aikencountysc.gov

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Administrative Division
420 Hampton Avenue, NE
Aiken, SC 29801

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for employment. Additional requirements for the positions of Deputy and Detention Officer are outlined below:

Minimum Requirements for All Positions
• Must have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma – GED
• Must have a clear criminal history
• Must be a United States citizen
• Driving record must not show disregard for the law
• Credit history must show sound financial management, with the ability to keep accounts paid up-to-date
• Results of all pre-employment tests and interviews must meet standards
• Past employment record must be satisfactory
• Must pass a Drug Test
• Must pass a Polygraph Exam
• Must pass a Psychological Fitness Assessment (Deputy position’s only)
• Medical examination results must show that you are capable of performing all of the essential functions
of the job for which you are applying, with reasonable accommodation

Additional Requirements for Deputy 

Must be at least 21 years old
Must be South Carolina resident
and live within 10 miles of Aiken
County
Possess a valid South Carolina
driver’s license

Additional Requirements for Detention Officer

Must be at least 21 years old
Possess a valid driver’s
license

Additional Requirements for Dispatcher
Must be at least 18 years old

Required Documents
The following documents are required in order for your application to be processed:
• Copy of birth certificate
• Copy of social security card
• Copy of high school diploma or general equivalency diploma – GED
• Copy of valid South Carolina driver’s license
• Provide a copy of your driving record from every state (other than South Carolina) you have been licensed to drive in
within the past 10 years
• If military veteran, provide copy of DD-214
• Copies of other documents which may be applicable to employment to include certifications, training
documents, diplomas, etc.
You will be contacted within several weeks of submitting your application. If your application is satisfactory, you
will be given a date and time to attend applicant testing. After testing, applicants are placed in an applicant pool
along with others who have successfully completed the applicant process to that point. The most qualified
applicants are then chosen to advance in the selection process. If not selected, an applicant may reapply one year
after being declined for employment.
The pre-employment selection process consists of the following:
• Driving record review
• Criminal record review
• Credit history review
• Initial interview
• Pre-Employment physical examination
• Nelson-Denny test
• Oral interview board
• Polygraph examination
• Background investigation
• Pre-employment drug test
• Any other requirement determined necessary by the Sheriff’s Office

The selection process generally takes a minimum of eight weeks. Questions may be directed to our Administrative
Division: (803) 642-1768 or Road Division: (803) 642-1754 or Detention Center Division: (803) 643-1935.
Qualified applicants and employees are treated without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, or disability.

Benefits Information
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office serves unincorporated Aiken County, the fourth largest county (1,072 square
miles) in South Carolina. The Office currently has over 250 full-time and part-time enforcement, corrections, and
civilian employees. The agency’s detention center is responsible for the safety and security daily of more than
300 inmates.

STARTING SALARIES
Deputy Sheriff
$38,026 – $41,651

Detention Officer
$32,591 – $34,403

Dispatcher
$32,591 – $34,403

The Sheriff can adjust the above starting salaries for individuals with higher qualifications (certified officers
and college degree).

WORK SCHEDULES
Uniform Patrol Deputy: 12 hour shift: (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.)
Detention Officer: 12 hour shift: (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.);
Uniform Patrol and Detention Officers work 14 days and then rotate to 14 nights a month; 171 hour monthly cycle
Dispatcher: 12 hour shift: (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.);
Civilian: 40 hours

ANNUAL LEAVE
Five years or less: 10 days per year
Six to nine years: 12 days per year
10-14 years: 15 days per year
15 years or more: 20 days per year

SICK LEAVE
12 days per year, not to exceed 90 days or 720 hours; and not to exceed 756 hours for 171-shift cycle Officers.

HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE
ACSO provides medical and dental insurance to employees through a county-funded employee health care plan.
Basic coverage is provided at a minimal cost to employees. Employees who wish to cover members of their family
may do so through payroll deductions.

LIFE INSURANCE
ACSO provides life insurance for employees. Basic coverage is provided at no cost. Additional coverage for
employees or dependents is available and can be paid for through payroll deduction.

TYPES OF RETIREMENT SYSTEMS
Full-time employees participate in the South Carolina Retirement System or the South Carolina Police Officer’s
Retirement System.

WORKER’S COMPENSATION
The Sheriff’s Office operates under and is subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act of South Carolina.

OVERTIME
Employees eligible for overtime are paid at a rate of one and one-half (1 ½) times their regular rate of pay for time
worked. Overtime is calculated for any hours worked over 86 in a two week pay period for non-exempt, sworn
personnel and any hours worked over 80 in a two week pay period for non-exempt, non-sworn personnel and
any hours worked over 171 within a 28-day pay period for Shift Cycle Officers. Overtime may be calculated as
compensatory time due to budget restraints.

** An Equal Opportunity Employer **

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