Getting Started… Applying For Employment
If this is the first time you are applying with the Union County Sheriff’s Office Online Job Application system, you will need to:
  • Visit the Online Employment Opportunities page.
  • Select the job title you are interested in and then “click” on the Apply link.
  • Create a Username and Password for your personal account (registration is free) OR if you have already created your personal account, you can login to access the applications and information that you previously used to apply for employment with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Once you have created your account, you can complete your online employment application by clicking on the Create Application link. This completed application is then on file for you to resubmit for additional, or future job postings.
  • It is important to carefully review the minimum qualifications on the job announcement and to include all relevant education and experience that you possess when applying for a position. If you have held more than one job with the same employer, please list each job separately.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office requires each applicant to submit an online employment application and a confidential supplemental questionnaire. All sections of the employment application must be completed at the time of submission.

Employment applications that are not fully complete when submitted will be rejected.

Applicants are selected for an interview and/or background investigation based primarily on information supplied on the application and supplemental forms.

Acceptance of Applications

Employment applications are accepted at any time, even if all positions are filled, for future evaluation. The completion of an application will ensure that each candidate be considered for all positions within the agency for which they are qualified. Applications are kept on file for at least twelve months, after which the application may be destroyed. Applications of hired individuals are maintained in their employee file. Applicants, at the time of application, will be advised that their application has been received and will be kept on file for further review for at least twelve months unless the applicant request that the application not be maintained for further consideration.


A resume may be submitted in addition to the employment application by simply copying and pasting it into the designated area. A resume may not be submitted in lieu of the employment application.

Reasonable Accommodation Available For The Disabled

The Union County Sheriff’s Office provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities when appropriate. If you think you may need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 704-283-3762.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity, Drug Free Workplace Employer. Equal employment opportunities are allowed without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age or non-disqualifying handicap.


For additional questions, or assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources office during our business hours from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday EST at 704-283-3762.

Applicants are expected to submit an online application unless circumstances exist which make this impossible. In such cases, an accommodation may be provided. If you require an accommodation and wish to submit a paper application, please click here “Employment Application in PDF.” Simply print out the application, complete it, and mail it to the address at the top of this page or bring it in person to the Sheriff’s Office.

Additional Information

The Sheriff is always interested in hearing from qualified individuals who seek to offer their services to the citizens of Union County.

Under North Carolina law, employment with the Sheriff is a political appointment, meaning that employment is terminable at the will and sole discretion of the Sheriff. The Sheriff can and does employ individuals with political affiliations differing from his own. Positions are established by the Board of County Commissioners and pay and benefits are provided by the County. However, by law, the Sheriff is the employer. Sheriff’s employees are subject to direction and supervision solely by the Sheriff and his designee(s).

The Sheriff employs sworn law enforcement officers (deputy sheriffs), detention officers, and civilian personnel. Application for employment should be made by completing an online application. Interviews are conducted by the Sheriff or his designee when positions are being filled. Under normal conditions, there is a considerable backlog of applicants for available positions. Please, do not call or attempt to see the Sheriff regarding employment.

In order to be considered for employment, one need not be a Union County resident, but must reside in close enough proximity to be able to report for duty with one hour’s notice. A four year college degree and/or three years of law enforcement experience is preferred for employment as a deputy sheriff. A two year college degree and/or one year of law enforcement experience is preferred for employment as a detention officer. The requirements are high, but so are the standards of professionalism and service required of Sheriff’s employees. If you qualify, we look forward to hearing from you.