Civil Service

Benton County Civil Service provides support for the recruitment, testing, hiring, eligibility, and promotional testing of all Sheriff’s Office Employees under RCW 41.14.  The Civil Service Commission is made up of volunteers that sit as a judicial board to conduct hearing and investigations in accordance with Chapter 41.14 RCW; to hear and determine appeals or complaints from employees or candidates in such matters as may be referred to the Commission.


Mary Anne Hutchins, Chairman
Paul Hart, Co-Chairman
Patty Wilson, Commissioner
Crystal Arreola, Civil Service Chief Examiner/HR Secretary


Regular Civil Service Commissioner Board Meetings are held in the Human Resources Conference Room, located on the 2nd floor at the Benton County Justice Center, every second Tuesday of each month, at 10:00 a.m.  

Applicant Information

This page contains links. Click on any of them and you will be directed to pages containing additional information, contact information, required forms, or websites. Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer.


All Civil Service positions with BCSO require applicants to complete and submit a Personal History Statement (PHS),  meet the Benton County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Standards, be at least 21 years of age, and have the legal right to work in the United States.  Prior to employment, a polygraph test, fingerprints, integrity background interview, and a thorough criminal history check will be completed on each successful candidate. In addition to the above, Deputy candidates are required to pass psychological and medical testing as well.


Entry Level Deputy Sheriff:

Benton County contracts with Public Safety Testing to facilitate the application and initial testing process for all entry level deputy sheriff positions.  Click on the following website link to be directed to the Public Safety Testing website or call them at 1-866-447-3911 to apply.

Lateral Deputy Sheriff:

To apply for a lateral deputy sheriff position, you must meet certain requirements. Go to the Job Openings tab on the main Benton County website page to view the requirements and detailed instructions on how to apply (click here to go to main Benton County website page). You must attach or submit the Personal History Statement (PHS) for your application to be considered.  Click on the following link to download the Personal History Statement (PHS):  Personal History Statement 

Entry Level Records Clerk:

Benton County Civil Service provides support for the testing and hiring process for BCSO entry level records clerk as vacancies occur.  Applications are only accepted when a position is open and the job is posted on the Benton County website. You must attach or submit the Personal History Statement (PHS) for your application to be considered.  Please click on the following link to download the Personal History Statement (PHS):  Personal History Statement 


Veterans Scoring Criteria:

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces may qualify for receiving additional bonus points during the civil service testing process.  Washington State Laws RCW 41.04.005, RCW 41.04.007 and RCW 41.04.010 provides for Veteran’s Scoring Criteria status in the examination of applicants for employment with political subdivisions of the State, provided certain requirements are met.  Benton County awards Veterans’ Scoring Criteria, in accordance with state law, to veterans honorably released from active military service who meet all statutory requirements.  Applicants who are claiming Veterans’ Scoring Criteria must supply their DD Form 214 copy when requested.



If you have questions or would like more information regarding the Civil Service application, testing, and/or hiring process, contact:

Crystal Arreola
Chief Examiner/HR Secretary
(509) 737-2777






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