Position Description

Reserve Deputy Sheriff - 2021
Location MC - Wausau
MC Department Sheriff’s Office
Application Deadline Date 11/30/21
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Marathon County in Northcentral Wisconsin is a great place to live, work, visit and conduct business. Our county government is highly regarded and contributes to a high quality of life by:

  • ensuring public safety;
  • protecting natural resources;
  • preparing for emergency and disaster responses;
  • protecting vulnerable populations;
  • creating and maintaining a high quality infrastructure for transportation;
  • providing education and fostering economic development; and
  • using process improvement techniques to improve public services.




The Marathon County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFF positions. 

This is responsible police work involving the protection of life and property and the enforcement of federal, state and county laws and ordinances.  Reserve Deputies are relied upon to supplement our full time staff at various community events, courthouse security, inmate medical transports, and to assist with patrol duties.

Courthouse security and medical transport hours are typically Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Patrol duties typically occur on Fridays and Saturdays during the late evening to early morning hours.  Hours and days may vary to meet department needs.

Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules, regulations, and policies.  Some initiative and independent judgment is exercised in performing work assignments, although unusual problems may be referred to a supervisor for advice on procedural or policy matters.  Employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment in emergency situations.

Reserve Deputies are sworn, part-time, non-allocated positions assigned to the Administrative and Patrol Divisions of the Sheriff's Office.  Reserve Deputies are certified law enforcement officers as determined by the Wisconsin Training and Standards Bureau.  Officers are authorized to carry a firearm upon successful firearms qualifications and approval by the Sheriff or his/her designee.



Qualified applicants will either possess a current State of Wisconsin sworn law officer certification;  OR will meet the minimum qualifications to be certified as a Law Enforcement Officer as defined by Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB).

Possess a valid driver's license and driving record that meets Sheriff's Office standards.

Applicants must not have been convicted of any federal felony or of any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.

Applicants must not have been convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon

Must be of good character to withstand an extensive background investigation


To be considered for employment with the Marathon County Sheriff's Office for this position, you MUST complete the TWO steps below:

1.  Complete an online application.  An email confirmation will be sent to you for this specific position.

2.  Return to the Marathon County website to complete the Marathon County Sheriff's Office Personal History Form and Notarized Release of Information Authorization Form.  These forms can be found on the Sheriff's Department website.




  • Ensures safe transport of inmates to medical appointments and to other facilities.
  • Makes arrests after observing law violations; transports prisoners.
  • Prepares reports on actions taken for record keeping purposes, and for use in courtroom presentations as necessary.
  • Maintains order and provides security at the Marathon County Courthouse and in courtrooms as assigned.
  • Attends training classes and programs as required.  Required to maintain certifications in CPR, DAAT, EVOC, and qualify quarterly with department issued firearms.
  • Utilizes various law enforcement software to complete required forms and reports.
  • Serves a variety of criminal and civil processes and arrest warrants.
  • Testifies in court as needed.
  • Develops solutions to work issues that add value for our customers.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance.
  • Performs related work as required.



  • Knowledge of approved principles and practices of law enforcement work and of applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of the geography and demography of assigned areas.
  • Knowledge of departmental rules and regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of first aid methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques and practice.
  • Ability to observe situations analytically and objectively, and to report and record them clearly and accurately.
  • Ability to develop skill in the use and care of firearms and in the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles, as well as other departmental equipment.
  • Skill in dealing courteously, yet firmly and effectively, with the public in police situations, both adversary and non-adversary in nature.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in emergency situations, to act quickly and calmly in applying appropriate techniques.
  • Ability to learn thoroughly a wide variety of rules and police procedures.
  • Ability to learn various law enforcement computer systems and utilize knowledge in performing required job duties.
  • Skill in the use of computer software programs, functions, and operations.
  • Understands the County's and department's mission, core values, and priorities.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.


Starting hourly rate $20.77.  No benefits are provided for these casual Reserve Deputy positions.



Selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of experience and education, criminal record check, driving record check, oral interview, review of references, written background inventory, and other appropriate, job-related selection procedures.  Candidates offered employment will be required to submit to a post offer medical and back exam, drug screen, and a psychological assessment that are paid for by Marathon County.

This classification may have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  Refer to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department Exposure Control Plan for more specific information.



Marathon County will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Employee Resources Department office or phone (715) 261-1451 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.



Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the County not provide access to this information.  If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Employee Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Ongoing Recruitment until department needs are met.

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