Civil Service Commission


The Woodbury County Civil Service Commission is established pursuant to CHAPTER 341a Code of Iowa CIVIL SERVICE FOR DEPUTY COUNTY SHERIFFS.


Glenn Parrett 

Richard Ellison

Flora Lee

Lisa Wilson, Personnel Director

Covered Employees
The classified civil service positions covered by this chapter include persons actually serving as deputy sheriffs who are salaried pursuant to section 331.904, subsection 2, but do not include two chief deputy sheriffs, two second deputy sheriffs in counties with a population of more than one hundred thousand, and four second deputy sheriffs in counties with a population of more than two hundred thousand. See Iowa Code Chapter 341a.7 for a complete description of covered employees.

Minimum Requirements:
1. Be a U. S. Citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed;
2. Be 18 years of age at the time of appointment;
3. Hold a valid Iowa driver's license;
4. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa];
5. Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude;
6. Successfully pass physical fitness tests; 
7. Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties;
8. Have a high school diploma (or the equivalent), or four (4) years of active military service, or Iowa law enforcement certification with five (5) years of service;
9. Have uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20, and color vision consistent with the Occupational demands of law enforcement;
10. Have normal hearing in each ear (hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer);
11. Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer; 
12. Undergo psychological testing;
13. Undergo cognitive (Basic Skills) testing.


All appointments to and promotions to classified civil service positions in the office of the county sheriff shall be made solely on merit, efficiency, and fitness, which shall be ascertained by open competitive examinations and impartial investigations. Current Certified list expiration dates are as follows:
New Hire Deputies - expires December 31, 2020. Please contact the personnel director for further information. 
1st Line Promotional.  Please contact the personnel director for further information.
2nd Line Promotional.  Please contact the personnel director for further information.

If you have any questions regarding the Woodbury County Civil Service Commission, please contact Lisa Wilson at 712.251.9302 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




(341a Code of Iowa)



Applicant must be a United States citizen, able to speak, read and write the English language. Applicants must be between the ages of eighteen and sixty. APPLICANTS must be able to furnish: Current Iowa Driver’s License - Hold a valid Iowa driver's license*;*As reference in Iowa Administrative Code 2.1(3), Railway special agents who are approved by the commissioner of public safety as special agents of the department and officers who are allowed to reside in an adjacent state shall be required to possess a valid driver’s or chauffeur’s license of the state of residence of the officer, birth certificate, military discharge papers, high school diploma (or equivalency). These items must accompany the application. All applicants must pass the physical exam, written exam, oral exam, back-ground check and must be finger printed. Applicants will be tested solely on merit, efficiency and fitness, which shall be ascertained by open competitive examinations and impartial investigations as provided by Section 341a.8 of the Code of Iowa. Full details of qualifications are not set out herein, physical agility requirements along with additional minimum requirements may be found on the ILEA website. . For more information, consult the Personnel Director for the Civil Service Commission at 712-251-9302. Applications may be obtained online at:


Applicants must return signed application packets by mailing them to the Civil Service Commission for Deputy Sheriff, % Board of Supervisors, 620 Douglas, 1st Floor, Sioux City 51101, postmarked NO LATER THAN Friday, November 27, 2020 or by delivering the application to the address listed 4:30pm Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Sealed envelopes must be marked Civil Service Application enclosed.


The physical agility test will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 beginning at 9AM at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Robert E. Dunker Student Center 4647 Stone Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106. The written examination will be held at the Sheriff’s Conference and Training Center - 1600 County Home Road, Sioux City, Iowa immediately upon finishing the physical agility testing. You are required to pass all parts of the physical agility test and initial background examination or you will not be able to proceed with the written exam. You will be notified in writing upon passage of the written examination to schedule an oral examination. You must bring a valid ID to enter both parts of the test.

DATED: November 3, 2020

BY THE ORDER OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION FOR DEPUTY SHERIFFS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it