Sheriff's Office Employment

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is hiring for the positions of Records Clerk, Animal Control Officer, SMART Clinician, Patrol Cadet, Detention Deputy and Patrol Deputy. All full time/year round positions come with an excellent benefits package through Summit County Government, including medical, dental, vision, the county iCare Clinic, and retirement programs.

Detention Facility

The Summit County Detention Facility is a dynamic and energetic 94-bed facility with an average daily population of 57 inmates. We are looking for professional, outgoing people who have a great sense of humor, excellent communication, customer service skills, and attention to detail.  

Colorado POST certification is not required, but applicants must be able to meet POST certification standards. Applicants must not be current drug users. As the possession or use of marijuana is prohibited by federal law, this requirement also applies to marijuana. 

Meals are provided when on shift and are designed by a classically trained chef. Our restaurant quality food is the envy of detention facilities throughout Colorado! 

Summit County Government offers a down-payment assistance program for first time homebuyers, and the Summit County Sheriff's Office also has a volunteer deputy ski program for sworn staff.

Excellent benefits package through Summit County Government, including medical, dental, vision, the county miCare Clinic, and retirement programs.
Serious applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the on-duty sergeant to arrange for a facility tour and ride along at (970) 423-8977.

Summit County Non-Discrimination Guideline

It is the guideline of Summit County Government not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of sex, gender identity or expression, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, on the basis of genetic information of the individual or family member of the individual, or any other protected basis that is unlawful under federal, state, and/or local law in applying or providing terms and conditions of employment. 

Summit County Government does and will continue to take Affirmative Action to assure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or on the basis of genetic information of the individual or family member of the individual.

Detention Deputy

Salary: $22.03/hr DOQ

Detentions Deputies are sworn law-enforcement positions, responsible for the safety, security and orderly running of the detention facility. These duties include, but are not limited to: the booking and release of arrestees, inmates and detainees; Courts; transports across the state of Colorado and extraditions throughout the United States, assisting with Court Security duties, including security at the Justice Center and the DA's Office / Probation Office building; fingerprinting; taking mugshots; enforcing facility rules and regulations; conducting criminal investigations; making arrests; writing reports; professionally using the law enforcement radio system; assisting the Civil Division when needed; and, assisting the Operations Division as appropriate. 

Successful applicants will be trained in arrest control/ defensive tactics, firearms, Taser and pepper spray, in addition to over 80 hours of in-service training offered annually. Detention Deputies bid by seniority for twelve hour shifts; Sunday through Tuesday or Thursday through Saturday and work every other Wednesday. This normally works out to working four days with three days off and then working three days with four days off, with some exceptions for training weeks. 
Detention Deputy Application

Please email with any questions. 

Records Clerk

Position Requirements:  Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well-qualified Records Clerk. The position performs a range of job functions to include: front desk receptionist, telephone answering and transfer, paperwork filing and criminal justice records processing.  The primary work location is the front desk and public counter at the Sheriff’s Office located in the Justice Center in Breckenridge.

The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented professional with data entry, telephone, word processing, and communication skills. The candidate should have excellent customer service demeanor in answering phone and in-person questions and providing clear directions and accurate referrals in a high volume work environment.  

The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, accurate in work product and will demonstrate a proven ability to quickly absorb and understand unfamiliar subject matter. 

Required Qualifications: 1 year clerical experience. This can be accomplished through equivalency of professional administrative and customer service positions. Preference will be given to a candidate with a college degree and any experience working in the criminal justice and legal fields. Must be able to pass a background check, psychological and polygraph to work with Criminal Justice Records. Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment and be capable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Candidates proceeding in the process will be required to complete a Sheriff’s Office Civilian Application.

Hiring Range: $17.35 to $19.08 entry hourly rate (S40), DOQ. Summit County offers an excellent benefit package

Application Deadline Date: The position is posted as open until filled. Please submit a professional cover letter and resume to Administrative Assistant Erin Opsahl at PO Box 210, or at 501 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or via email to   

Animal Control Officer

Position Requirements: The Animal Control Division of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well-qualified Animal Control Officer. An Officer enforces Summit County Animal Control Resolutions, Municipal Ordinances, and State Statutes pertaining to the care and control of animals. Issues summons to violators of animal control laws and appears in court as the prosecution witness when necessary. Captures and impounds domestic animals, livestock, and wildlife as required. Investigates animal bite and neglect/cruelty cases.

Provides education of animal care and responsibility to the public on a daily basis and through special presentations. Will be required to perform shelter administrative duties, kennel maintenance duties, maintain accurate records of impounded animals, and euthanize and cremate animals. Will be required to work weekends and be on call for after-hours emergencies 2-3 nights per week.
The ideal candidate will be a team oriented professional with strong initiative, customer service, organizational, and communication skills.  The candidate should have a strong desire to work with people and animals.

Expectations of the chosen candidate: The chosen candidate is expected to demonstrate a positive demeanor, support the mission of Animal Control, and work closely with the public, shelter staff, and volunteers.  

Required Qualifications: 
Applicants must be 21 years of age.
Must have a valid Colorado’s Driver’s License at time of appointment and throughout employment and know how to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to lift 75 lbs. and pursue animals on foot.
Working knowledge of animal behavior. 
Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports. 
Data entry and MS Office skills. 
Public relations experience and excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
Ability to deal with the public in a variety of difficult and sometimes emotional situations. 
Pass a Criminal background check. 
Animal Control Officer experience preferable.  
Candidates proceeding in the process will be required to complete a Sheriff’s Office Civilian Application. 

Hiring Range: $20.21-$22.23/hour DOQ and excellent benefit package.

Application Deadline Date: This position is open until filled. Please submit an application, resume and cover letter to or in person at the Summit County Animal Shelter, 0058 Nancy’s Place, P.O. Box 5225, Frisco, CO 80443 or online 

SMART Clinician 

Position Summary: Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a well-qualified Mental Health Clinician. This is a new position in the Support Services Division and is a grant-funded position.

This position will perform a variety of clinical and administrative duties as part of a System-wide Mental Assessment Response Team (SMART), also commonly referred to as a co-responder model of mobile crisis intervention. The SMART response model consists of two-person teams comprised of a law enforcement officer and a mental/behavioral health counselor. The team is responsible for intervening on mental health-related police calls (and other crisis calls) to de-escalate situations that have historically resulted in arrest or hospitalization, and to assess whether the person in crisis should be referred for a higher level of mental health care.  The SMART Team provides a wide variety of specialized skills, services, and response capabilities reflecting the intersection of Summit County’s diverse community and its relationship to mental health. 

The SMART Clinician must be able to effectively respond to, provide, manage, and coordinate professional mental health services and system support services. The role of the clinician will be to insure continuity of care including: an immediate and professional evaluation, collaboration with proper agencies, referral to appropriate type and level of service, and advocacy for treatment deemed necessary. Additionally, there are other duties as directed by the Clinical Program Manager such as: public service events, public outreach and education and response to other community events related to crisis. The SMART Clinician serves as a mid-level staff who reports to the SMART Clinical Program Manager. Work is reviewed through analysis of records and reports, clinical supervision, and regular meetings on unusual or difficult problems. This position ensures daily activities of the SMART Team provide the highest level of public safety to all. The SMART Team is composed of four law enforcement positions, four clinical positions, and two administrative positions.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: The SMART Clinician will perform all essential duties listed below in a professional, courteous and ethical manner.  

Conduct set office and on-call shifts in order to: respond to crisis calls/events,  conduct needed outreach and case management and complete other administrative activities
Assess nature of the crisis response and initiate appropriate response, intervention and level of service along with SMART technician (law enforcement).
Provide immediate crisis intervention services including suicide risk assessment, mental status exam and assessment of any other bio/psycho/social needs
Treat each person in crisis with compassion and give adequate time to determine the appropriate course of treatment
Determine type and level of care for the individual assessed and complete appropriate documentation
Initiate M-1 holds for involuntary treatment when necessary and work with technician/admin/case management to secure hospital placement
Collaborate with family or other persons relevant to the situation 
Staff cases with the Clinical Program Director for on-going training, supervision and quality assurance
Present cases to Emergency Medical Services (for medical clearance) when hospitalization is indicated 
Obtain/complete needed paperwork (e.g. release of information, consent to treat, etc.) in a manner that strictly adheres to HIPAA and confidentiality requirements
Contact and collaborate with other agencies (EMS, law enforcement, primary cate,  etc.) when necessary
Make initial contact with the referring agency or private Stabilization Program practitioner in order to provide assessment information; continue to work collaboratively for the first few days of patients’ treatment to insure continuity of care. This includes contact by phone and/or in person. 
Provide individual who was assessed (and/ or their family) with necessary information for follow up, continued support and  education
In some cases, assist in discharge planning for individuals following any inpatient care, and coordinate any outpatient follow up that is deemed necessary; may include maintaining contact with patient for the first few days of returning home and to the community.  
Engage in community outreach such as targeted outreach to specific individuals or populations, QPR training, community events, etc.  
Attend staff meetings 
Establish and maintain strong interagency relationships, including local mental health professionals, human service agencies and psychiatric facilities throughout the state.
Communicate all shift activity verbally and in writing to the clinician taking over call/shift change; documentation for shift activity is required to be completed and in the system prior to ending a shift.  If a shift spans more than 24 hours, documentation for the day must be completed before the next business day
Attend relevant trainings as needed for continuing education 
Is available for on-site evaluation at the start of shift and response time should be within 30 minutes

Required Qualifications: 
Master’s or Doctorate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or closely related degree from an accredited program
Licensed or license eligible in the State of Colorado (LPC, LCSW, PSY), candidates for licensure (LPCC, LCSWC) may also be considered given they meet the rest of the requirements 
Experience working with Crisis response and intervention, suicide assessment and safety planning, hospitalization and community systems collaboration
Experience working with multidisciplinary teams and diverse populations
Must be able to pass a background check, psychological examination, polygraph examination, physical examination and obtain a security clearance for work with Criminal Justice Records.
Must have or obtain a Colorado Driver’s License within 60 days of appointment and maintain throughout employment and know how to safely operate a motor vehicle
Experience working with co-response and law enforcement preferred
Bi-lingual preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of DSM 5 diagnoses and symptoms
Knowledge of local and agency resources for referrals
Skilled at assessing risk of suicide, creating effective safety plans and referring to appropriate level of care
Skilled in basic computer operations: Word, internet use and data management
Ability to establish priorities, work independently in a fast-paced environment, and proceed with objectives without supervision
Ability to delivery culturally sensitive services and perform duties which require acknowledgement of diversity and differing worldviews of users
Ability to maintain boundaries with clients, practitioners, agencies and community members
Ability to uphold confidentiality at all times and when sharing information with those who have signed releases, ability to use the minimum necessary rule is imperative
Ability to maintain composure, professionalism, and structure in any given situation
Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems
Organizational and time management skills
Ability to quickly absorb and understand unfamiliar subject matter and communicate in-depth information
Duties require considerable independent judgment and wide latitude of individual initiative in the interpretation of policies and procedures, in making decisions and in structuring and leading subordinate members in routine and emergency situations involving mental health

Hiring Range: Entry level of P90 is $32.16/Hour DOQ, plus excellent benefits.

Application Deadline Date: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and application to Erin Opsahl at PO Box 210, in person at 501 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or via email to This position is open until filled.  


Patrol Cadet

Position Description:  Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a qualified Patrol Cadet.  The applicant selected for the position attends a Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy to obtain POST Certification. Upon POST Certification, the Patrol Cadet promotes to Patrol Deputy. The Patrol Cadet’s primary job location is at a POST Academy located in either the Denver Metropolitan Area or Glenwood Springs. 

Minimum Qualifications:  MUST be Colorado POST certifiable. Other minimum requirements: 21 years of age, high school diploma or equivalent, valid CO Driver's License. Must pass written, oral, physical, psychological, polygraph and background tests.

Hiring Range: $21.60 per hour plus excellent benefits package. Pay rate increases to $25.66 per hour upon POST Certification and promotion to Patrol Deputy. The position is budgeted as full-time, 40 hours per week. 

Application Submission:  Summit County Sheriff Patrol Deputy Application documents are available at the Summit County Sheriff's Office, 501 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado. The position is posted open until filled. Please submit a completed Patrol Deputy Application at PO Box 210, or at 501 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or via email to   

Patrol Deputy

Interested parties should download a Patrol application after reading the basic requirements below. 

Salary: $26.17 per hour
Basic Requirements

Job Description 

Patrol Deputy Application

Hiring Process: 

  1. Initial application process
  2. Written Testing
  3. Oral Board
  4. Complete a Personal History Questionnaire
  5. Background Investigation
  6. Integrity Interview
  7. Psychological Testing
  8. Polygraph Examination
  9. Executive Interview
  10. Successful completion of the FTO program

Testing for these positions will be TBA. Qualified candidates who are selected to move forward into each phase will be informed by phone or email. 

A completed application may be mailed directly to the Sheriff’s Office at: 501 N. Park Ave./P.O. Box 210, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or may be scanned and emailed to:  

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