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Employment Opportunities

The Coles County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Telecommunications Position

The Coles County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Telecommunication position. This position is a union position and works inside the Jail on a 12 hour shift rotation. The starting salary for this position is $26,812.66. Ideal applicant must possess the ability to multitask, use radio, ability to use computers to include data entry, and light filing. Retirement is through IMRF with different health insurance options. 80 hours of vacation after one (1) year of service, three (3) personal days, and 8 hours of accrued sick leave per month.

Applications can be picked up at the Coles County Sheriff's Office or the online Employment Application. Once the application is completed, it should be either be mailed or dropped off at the Coles County Sheriff's Office.

Any questions, please contact Det. David Pickering at 217-348-0589 or through e-mail

The Coles County Sheriff's Office in an Equal Opportunity Employer

Deputy Sheriff

The Sheriff's Merit Commission is responsible for testing for the position of Deputy Sheriff. For further information, or to apply for a sworn position, contact the Sheriff's Office, 701 7th St, Charleston IL at 217.348.0585.

Civilian (Non-Sworn) Positions

Contact the Sheriff's Administration Office at 217.348.0585 for information regarding job openings. Applications are taken at any time and are kept on file pending relevant job openings.

Benefits include:

  • - Paid vacation
  • - Holidays
  • - Medical and dental insurance
  • - Life insurance
  • - Sick leave
To fill out a civilian application, click the appropriate link and bring the completed application to the Coles County Sheriff's Office, Administration Office located at 7101 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920. Reception hours are 8 AM - 4PM, Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays.

Deputy Sheriff Qualifications

Below is a summary of requirements for placement on the candidate list for appointment as a Coles County Deputy Sheriff, along with other related information. For a complete and official statement of qualifications and regulations governing applications for Deputy Sheriff, you should refer to the Coles County Sheriff’s Office.

  • - Be at least 21 years of age at the time application is received by the Commission; and
  • - Be a United States citizen; and
  • - Be, or become upon certification for placement on the Deputy Sheriff Candidate list, a resident of the State of Illinois.
  • - Be, or become within 1 year from being appointed, domiciled within the required residency boundaries (see "Residency Requirements" below) and maintain such domicile as a condition of appointment; and
  • - Hold or obtain upon certification for placement on the Deputy Sheriff candidate list, a valid Illinois driver’s license which has not been suspended or revoked, and maintain such as a condition of appointment; and
  • - Not have a felony conviction nor a domestic violence criminal conviction nor a dishonorable discharge (U.S. Army RE-4 separation classification or equivalent) from military service; and
  • - Pass a written examination, interviews, background investigation, and other screening and testing required by the Commission.
  • - High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate and service either in the United States military or 4 years as a full-time peace officer with a police department or sheriff's office in the United States with a letter of creditable service
NOTE: Meeting all of the foregoing qualifications is not a guarantee of employment as a Deputy Sheriff, but only entitles the applicant to placement upon a list of candidates eligible to be considered for appointment as a Deputy Sheriff. All Deputy Sheriff appointments are made by the Sheriff, not by the Commission. All newly appointed Deputy Sheriff's must serve a probationary period of 1 year from the date of appointment.


  • - Paid vacations, holidays or compensatory holiday pay
  • - Sick leave
  • - Health, dental and life insurance
  • - Pension


  • - Must reside in Coles County
The Coles County Sheriff's Office in an Equal Opportunity Employer