DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Applications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other legally protected status. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application process should notify a representative of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has an obligation to the citizens it serves to employ persons of integrity and a high standard of professionalism. The Sheriff’s Office seeks candidates that will maintain and instill public confidence in the Office of Sheriff. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office may conduct investigations into your background including present and past employment, education, personal reference, conduct and criminal history. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office may utilize a truth verification test to confirm an applicant’s honesty and integrity during the application process. Applicants are not eligible for employment consideration unless they meet these high standards. Certain events may be grounds for disqualification and are described herein. This is not to be construed as an inclusive list of reasons for disqualification or rejection.
• Disqualifying Criminal Conduct •
• Felonies: All applicants who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony in this state or in a state other than this state, or under the law of the United States, that, if committed in this state, would be a felony under the laws of this state, will be disqualified.
• Misdemeanors: All applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense in court within five (5) years of the date of application may be disqualified. All applicants convicted of two (2) or more misdemeanors will be disqualified.
• Drugs (including marijuana): Any use of any prohibited substance or abuse of a controlled substance may be grounds for rejection. All applicants who have been convicted in court of the possession and/or sale of narcotics, dangerous drugs or hallucinogens or any other controlled substance or drug of abuse or an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a criminal act, will be disqualified. All applicants who have used marijuana in the last three years will be disqualified.
• Sex Offenses and Acts of Violence: All applicants who have been convicted in court of a sex offense as defined in Chapter 2907 of the Ohio Revised Code, or an offense of causing or threatening bodily harm as defined in Chapter 2903 of the Ohio Revised Code, or an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a criminal act, will be disqualified.
• Guns, Concealed Weapons and Dangerous Ordinance: Any applicants who have been convicted in any federal, state or municipal court of violating any gun control ordinance, carrying any concealed weapon, or possession of any dangerous ordinance, will be disqualified. Any attempt to violate any law, statue, or regulation to the above may be grounds for rejection.
• Any applicant who is currently a member of any organization that advocates crime or the violent overthrow of the United States government will be disqualified.
• Disqualifying Traffic Offenses •
• All applicants who have been convicted in any court of competent jurisdiction of any of the following offenses will be disqualified: driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol on more than one occasion, or vehicular homicide.
• All applicants who have been convicted in the last five (5) years in any court of competent jurisdiction of any of the following offenses will be disqualified: driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene, reckless driving, or revocation or suspension of driving privileges on two (2) or more occasions.
• Any applicant currently under suspension or revocation of driving privileges will be disqualified. Any applicant with (6) or more points on their current record may be disqualified. No applicant will be eligible for appointment as a sworn employee unless that person possesses a valid Ohio driver's license.
• Disqualifying Employment-Related Conduct •
• All applicants who within five (5) years of the date of application have been discharged from previous employment for insubordination, serious misconduct on the job, unexcused absenteeism or tardiness, may be disqualified. All applicants who within the past five (5) years have been suspended, reprimanded, or disciplined for insubordination, misconduct on the job, unexcused absenteeism, tardiness, inefficiency, or neglect of duty on two (2) or more occasions, will be disqualified.
• Pilferage or thefts of cash, goods, or services from a place of employment may be cause for disqualification.
• Miscellaneous Disqualifying Conduct •
• All applicants who have failed to obey or honor any judgments entered by a court of record, including, but not limited to, alimony or support payments, or have failed to pay any fine imposed by a court of record, may be disqualified.
• All applicants who have been other than honorably discharged from the United States military service for reasons that are job related may be disqualified.
• All applicants who have made any intentional false alarm to any police agency will be disqualified.
• All applicants who admit a current pattern of alcohol, drug abuse or illegal gambling within the past twenty-four (24) months will be disqualified (i.e., conduct that is predictable, repetitive or continuing activity).
• All applicants who have made false statements regarding any material matter during the selection process or have omitted any requested material information on the questionnaire, or who have cheated during any portion of the selection process will be disqualified.
• Any applicant who has paid or accepted a bribe or favor to cover or hide any criminal offense, or acted in any manner to prevent discovery and/or apprehension of any criminal by any duly constituted law enforcement agency, or was involved in any plan or attempt to accomplish any of the above, will be disqualified.
• All applicants who admit during the selection process to committing any of these offenses listed above may be disqualified as though they had been convicted.