General Services Division

The General Services Division is responsible for providing a broad range of support services to the entire organization. These services include inventory management, vehicle / equipment purchases, building and vehicle maintenance, hiring process and employee training.

The General Services Division is also responsible for overseeing the Special Deputy program.  The Special Deputy program involves 31 reserve officers who volunteer their time to the Sheriff’s Office for $1 a year, which classifies them as employees for Worker’s Compensation Insurance purposes.  

Special Deputies donate over 3,000 hours to the Sheriff’s Office annually, performing various department functions, including public relations, crime prevention, and patrol activities.  They are responsible for the Cedar River boat patrol that occurs annually Memorial Day through Labor Day.  They also assist with providing law enforcement protection at RAGBRAI and the annual Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival.

Deputy Sheriff Hiring Process

The following steps are involved in the hiring process for deputies:
  • Physical Fitness Examination
  • Written Examination
  • Oral interview with the Civil Service Commission
  • Certification of Civil Service List
  • Background Investigation
  • Interview with Sheriff’s Command Staff
  • Conditional Offer of Employment (conditional on passing the following)
    • Physical Examination (vision/hearing exam & physical wellness exam)
    • Polygraph Examination
    • Drug-Screening 
    • Psychological Examiantion
For more information on the hiring process, review any of the following resources: