1091 Hospital Road, Franklin IN 46131 Administration: (317) 736-9155Investigations: (317) 346-4615Jail (317) 346-4716 Fax: (317) 736-2200


Employment Information

The basic eligibility requirements are:

1. Must be a United States Citizen
2. Must be at least 21 years old
3. Vision Requirements: Correctable to 20/50
4. Must possess a valid drivers license
5. Must be willing to reside in Johnson County, Indiana
6. Must be a graduate of an accredited High School or GED

If the applicant is fortunate enough to move on to Phase Two testing, he/she should be prepared for the following:

a. Written examination
b. 1.5 mile run in 16 minutes and 28 seconds
c. 300 meter run in 71 seconds
d. 25 push ups
e. 29 sit ups in one minute
f. 16″ vertical jump

The application will require the following:

1. Copy of your birth certificate
2. High School & college transcripts
3. Military DD214 (if applicable)
4. Photograph: 2.5″ x 2.5″ head and shoulders
5. Waiver to release information (Required for all applicants)
6. Waiver of liability (Required for Merit and Reserve Deputy applicants)
7. Physicians release

Appointment Procedures for New Deputies

A preliminary investigation shall be done by the Sheriff’s Office at the direction of Sheriff Doug Cox. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Merit Board will review the applications and the results of the preliminary investigation, having the right to make eliminations from the applications at that time. The Sheriff, with the approval of the Merit Board, shall devise and administer examinations designed to test applicants for the required that will assist them in determining the applicant’s skills in communication and judgment according to Indiana Code 36-8-10-10(b). The Merit Board may direct the Sheriff to complete a more thorough investigation on any applications remaining. The Merit Board may conduct personal interviews with applicants. The Merit Board and Sheriff Doug Cox shall jointly prepare a list of those applicants who meet the prerequisites of the Board and the Sheriff according to Indiana Code 36-8-10-10(b). From this list, the Sheriff shall then appoint a deputy. The deputy, as a county police officer, will remain on probation for a period of one year, according to Indiana Code 36-8-10-10(b). Remaining applicants on the list will be maintained on an active eligibility list as determined by the Merit Board.

Nondiscrimination Policy

No applicant or employee shall be discriminated against, or favored with respect to his/her hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of his/her race, color, sex, religion, national origin or ancestry. Each applicant and employee will be limited by his/her own abilities and qualifications, and the department will endeavor to select, hire, and maintain in its employ only the best-qualified persons available for any particular position.

Employment Applications

All applicants must also submit the waiver to release information, and applicants for Merit and Reserve Deputy must also include the waiver of liability. Applications for Merit Deputy are only accepted during a hiring process. Applications received any other time will be discarded.

Application for Merit Deputy, Correctional Officer, or Reserve Deputy (PDF)
Civilian Employment Application (PDF)
Waiver to release information (PDF)
Waiver of liability (PDF)