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April 3, 2023

Skagit County Recruiting Corrections Deputies Starting at $30.50-$39.60/Hour with $10k Minimum Hiring Bonus

Looking for a rewarding career in corrections? Working for Skagit County now is better than ever.

Skagit County is offering competitive wages for corrections officers, with newly hired deputies starting at $30.50 per hour to $39.60 per hour base wage. New hires will also receive a generous one-time hiring bonus of $10,000 for new deputies and $15,000 for those moving laterally from another organization.

Skagit County also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees, including:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Retirement
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Paid overtime and shift differential
  • Paid incentives for shift premiums, special assignments, and education
  • Pension and optional deferred compensation
  • Longevity and educational incentives
  • “The benefits of working for Skagit County go far beyond a paycheck,” said Don Marlow, Chief of Corrections. “Here at the Sheriff’s Office, we are a family and try to maintain that type of atmosphere at work. Throughout our organization, we can rely on the commitment of each other and our community to reach our goals and complete our mission to make Skagit County a safer place to live.”

    Corrections staff are assigned to the Skagit County Community Justice Center, a state-of-the-art, 400-bed facility which recently opened in 2017. It is funded with sales tax dollars from the County along with the cities and towns located in Skagit County. The facility has full-time medical staff, rooms for classroom teaching, a kitchen area for food preparation instruction, and an attached courtroom. New hires will join a dedicated team consisting of 58 deputies, 8 sergeants, 2 lieutenants, and a Chief.

    “Retention is also a major priority for the County,” says Board of County Commissioner Chair, Ron Wesen. “Our current corrections staff are incredibly valuable, and we have developed policies that are retention oriented to ensure that working for Skagit County is truly worth someone’s while.”

    Current corrections staff will receive a retention bonus of $2,500 per quarter through the end of 2023. Pay increases of 6.75% occur every 12 months for the first 5 years of employment. Long-term employees will also see a 3% increase in pay upon completion of 5 years with the County, with longevity step increases again at 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service.

    Skagit County is a wonderful place to live and work. It is a mid-size, rural county located in the Puget Sound region, best known for its rich agricultural community and vibrant small-town charm.

    For a full list of opportunities with Skagit County, visit www.skagitcounty.net/jobs or call our Human Resources Department at (360) 416- 1380.