Civilian Specialist

(Non-Sworn) Positions

The Civilian Specialist is a non-sworn position with primary assignment in the Detention Bureau, but may be assigned to other areas of the organization based on operational need. This position provides support for sworn deputies in the following areas within the Detention Bureau:

  • Property Room
  • Records
  • Programs
  • Classifications
  • Court Coordinator
  • Intake/Booking
  • Control Centers

Because the Sheriff’s Office is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week operation, Civilian Specialist may be assigned to work any shift and any day of the week, including holidays.

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Civilian Specialist Employment Information

Salary and Benefit Information

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office offers an exceptionally competitive entry-level salary and benefits package. As a Civilian Specialist career progresses, longevity pay raises accrue and opportunities for advancement become available. Please take a moment to review the benefits outlined below.


The current salary for a Civilian Specialist is:

  • Hourly/Annual - $20.47 / $42,577 (minimum)
  • Hourly/Annual - $27.69 / $57,595 (maximum)

Health Care

As a member of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, you have the option of participating in one of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance plans, as well as the dental and vision plans. Along with these plans, there is the option of life insurance and county provided short-term disability insurance.


From your first day of employment, you will be participating in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement system (KPERS). Your contribution amount in the system is 6% of your gross pay. You can find additional information at

Deferred Compensation Plans

Deferred Compensation, 457(b) is a voluntary retirement plan that offers a tax deferred option to fund your retirement. The plan consists of several different investment options. Along with this deferred compensation plan, Johnson County will set up a secondary deferred compensation plan, 401(a), where a matching contribution will be made.

Vacation and Holiday Leave

As members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, vacation leave is earned at the rate of 4 hours per pay period, (24 pay periods). The rate earned increases with longevity, earning 7.25 hours per pay period (24 pay periods) starting year 20. You also receive Holiday Pay for working on holidays designated by Johnson County.

Sick Leave

You earn sick leave at the rate of 4 hours per pay period (24 pay periods). Your unused sick leave will accrue and at your retirement, a percentage of the unused sick leave will be paid to you, up to, but not exceeding the cap set by the county.

Education Assistance

To assist you in continuing your formal education, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office offers Education Assistance, with reimbursement for courses in a degree program that are from an accredited college.


Minimum Requirements

Prospective Civilian Specialist applicants must meet all of the minimum requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age at time of appointment.
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. Certificate.
  • Honorable Discharge from Military (if applicable).
  • United States Citizen or legally allowed to work in the Unites States.
  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable record.
  • May not have any felony convictions, or other restrictions per KSA 74-5605 or its equivalent under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Initial Application Process

To begin the application process for a Civilian Specialist position, navigate to the Johnson County Human Resources website, Click on the “Careers” tab at the top of the page which will take you to the “Career Opportunities” page, click the link titled “County Jobs Open to the Public”. You can scroll or use the job search tabs at the top of the “Jobs Open to the Public” page to find the listing for “Civilian Specialist” and click the link to start the process.  Internet Explorer works best for submitting your application. (Note: There will be several steps and pages in the initial application. If you need a step by step tutorial please click HERE.)

After completing the initial application process the system will generate an e-mail to the e-mail address you provided giving you further instructions. If you do not receive an e-mail, please check your “Spam” folder. You will be receiving multiple e-mails from Johnson County, KS ([email protected]) over the next couple weeks so it would benefit you to set your e-mail server to accept e-mails from this address.

You will receive additional e-mails with instructions on how to continue on in the process if you have met all the minimum qualifications.

If you have not heard from our Personnel Division within 7 - 10 business days after submitting your application, please contact us at 913-715-5511.

Hiring Process

Employment Application

  • Within five business days after completing the initial application process through the Johnson County Human Resources website, you will be sent an e-mail from Guardian Alliance with a link to the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). This PHQ must be completed in detail and submitted electronically. The PHQ is a comprehensive document covering all aspects of an applicant’s background. 

Personal Panel Interview

  • A standardized panel interview will be conducted to assess the applicant’s personality, character, work habits, motivation, qualifications and various other matters relevant to the position.


  • Applicants will be interviewed by a Sheriff’s Office polygraph examiner. The polygraph examination will explore information provided on the application and information relating to the personal interview.

Background Investigation

  • An in-depth background investigation will be conducted. During this phase, referenced and non-referenced individuals will be contacted regarding your employment history, associations to include family, friends, and neighbors. Your work history, driving record, financial record, as well as any civil or criminal history will also be reviewed. Our efforts are designed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the applicant to ensure only those candidates who have demonstrated the highest values are selected. Candidates must exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards.

Physical/Drug Analysis

  • As part of the conditional offer of employment, applicants must successfully pass a physical and drug screening test.

Psychological Interview and Test

  • As part of the conditional offer of employment, the psychologist retained by the Sheriff’s Office will evaluate the results of the psychological tests will interview each applicant. The psychologist will evaluate each applicant’s interpersonal skills, personal traits and other factors that have a relationship to the successful performance of assigned duties. 

Sheriff’s Hiring Board

  • Applicants will be interviewed by a Sheriff’s Hiring Board, who will make a recommendation concerning employment as a Civilian Specialist.