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Accepting Applications for Full Time Deputy
The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff. This is a Full Time hourly position. Applications will be accepted from November 9th, 2018 through November 26th, 2018 at 3:00pm. Anyone interested in applying can pick up an application at any time at the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office located at 113 N. Market Street Van Wert, or print an application off the Sheriff’s Office website at .

Persons applying need to also include a letter of interest and a resume’ when submitting their application. Applications with required documentation can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office at any time during the acceptance period above, emailed to the Sheriff’s Office by using the link at the bottom of the Sheriff’s office home page, or mailed to the Sheriff’s Office using the above address.

Applicants must:

• Be a US Citizen
• Be at least 21 years of age
• Be a resident of Van Wert County or be able to respond to work from home in 30 minutes.
• Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License
• Have a High School diploma or GED and provide a copy of the diploma or certificate with the application
• Have a valid OPOTA Peace Officer Certification when submitting their application
• Be of good moral character
• Never have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving Moral Turpitude or is not currently under indictment for any criminal offense.
• Have no current charges of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Never have been convicted of any family violence offense
• Obtain certifications required to perform duties of position to maintain employment
• Be able to pass pre-employment background investigation
• Be able to pass drug screen
• Demonstrate honesty and integrity, by successfully completing pre-employment CVSA or polygraph and drug testing;
• Demonstrate good general medical health as determined by a medical doctor, who is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners, and physical performance testing;
• Be declared in satisfactory psychological and emotional health by the Van Wert County psychiatrist who is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners or psychologist, who is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Examiners of Psychologists;
• Be fingerprinted and subjected a search of local, state, and national records and finger print files.

Starting base wage is from $34,049.60 to $46,945.60 depending on full time law enforcement experience, and then follows the collective bargaining agreement. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office offers Health Insurance with a monthly employee co-pay of $100 - $120, Paid Vacation Time, Comp Time and Paid Sick Time.

The successful candidate must complete a nine (9) month probationary period commencing from the date of hire.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Under the general supervision of a higher ranking officer, is responsible for maintaining law and order, protecting life and property, and enforcing the Statutes of the State of Ohio, along with other related duties as required. Be of good character and high moral conduct.


a. Operates a cruiser and conducts patrol activities involving response
to emergency calls and resident complaints, conducting accident
investigations, security inspections of public and private facilities
and assisting the general public as necessary.

b. Conducts and assists in conducting initial and continuing criminal
investigations, crime scene activities, interview or interrogation of
victims, witnesses, suspects or others, takes statements and affidavits,
makes arrests as circumstances justify, restrains and transports prisoner.

c. Serves warrants, summons and other Court issued papers.

d. Maintains records and prepares reports of incidents, complaints, and
contacts during daily shift performance in an accurate manner.

e. Appears in court to provide testimony.

f. Transports prisoners to and from facilities to court, other institutions
or medical appointments.

g. May be required to operate communications equipment as
communications officer.

h. May be required to serve in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility.

i. Shall immediately comply with all orders and assignments from
supervisory personnel.

j. Shall accurately record all activities as required on all department reports.

k. Shall be responsible for accurate and thorough reports.

l. Shall cooperate in a good and helpful spirit with all other agencies
pursuant to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department Policies & Procedures.

m. Shall comply with the procedures and policies on the care and maintenance of all department equipment

n. Knowledge of State and local laws that pertain to enforcement.

o. Knowledge of proper law enforcement techniques.

p. Knowledge of weapon use and safety

q. Capable of handling stressful situations.

r. Capable of enduring vigorous physical activity

s. Capable of operating a motor vehicle at high speed with due
consideration of others safety.

t. Capable to work effectively with all department personnel,
other agencies and the general public.

u. Weapons skill meeting department standards.

v. Required to work any and all shifts including weekends and holidays.


a. Graduate from 12th grade of school

b. Complete Ohio Peace Officer Training School.

c. Have a valid driver’s license.

d. Have a working home telephone.
October 2018 Activity Report
News Release

Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report for the October 2018. Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 31,182 miles while on patrol, answering citizen’s complaints, serving criminal & civil papers, performing other Sheriff’s Office functions and transporting prisoners to State Institutions and Juvenile’s to Juvenile Detention Center Facilities. Deputies responded to 469 calls for service in October.

Deputies investigated a total of 191 citizen’s complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 156 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed 9 criminal cases as a result of investigations in October. There were 21 traffic accidents investigated during October. Deputies issued 30 traffic citations and 38 traffic warnings to motorists. Deputies provided 185 assists to motorists and other departments. Deputies also handled 3 funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, Deputies found 52 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. There were 47 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 736 times. Deputies responded to 8 business and residential alarms. Deputies also served 105 Criminal and Civil process received from the Courts during October.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted 64 perimeter checks of buildings, 2 drug searches, 1 building searches, 0 area searches, 0 track, and 3 assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The K-9 team also presented 1 K-9 demonstration to the public.

The Sheriff’s Office Certified Car Seat Technician installed 1 car seat for families in October. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E deputy taught 128 5th grade students the D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy taught 54 7th and 8th grade students the D.A.R.E. middle school curriculum. The Over-the-Counter Medication and Prescription Medication curriculum was taught to 0 sixth and eighth graders. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy provided Child Safety, Good Drug/Bad Drug, and Bullying education to 0 K-4. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy also provided 0 children with photo ID’s that were for their parents as part of the Child Photo ID program.

The Detective Bureau received 4 new criminal investigations in October. The Detective Bureau filed 10 felony charges, 0 misdemeanor charges, provided 4 assists to other agencies, executed 0 search warrants, prepared 0 subpoenas and recovered $ 0.00 in stolen property.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted 4 Sheriff Sales in October and received 3 Sheriff Sales in October. There were 78 Web Checks processed for residents. There were 20 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during October. There were 17 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during October. There were 0 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during October. There were 0 automated emails sent to county residents from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office advising residents of sex offenders registering an address within one-mile of their residence in October. It is estimated that approximately 11.04% of Van Wert County residents are currently signed up to receive automated emails on sex offenders from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received 2824 phone calls in October. There were 305 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 279 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 235 of the 9-1-1 calls where the Communication Center dispatched an agency to respond to the 9-1-1 call. A law enforcement agency was dispatched to 114 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 91 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to 30 calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 24 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 929 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 153 prisoners in October. There were 83 prisoners received and 87 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 67 for the month of October. There were 30 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 34 prisoners for a total of 4,385 miles in October.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 1280 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $2,011.23. YTD $ 21,377.85. Inmate Phone Service MTD $1,002.10 YTD $13,332.00. Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00 Office of Child Nutrition Services-Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $718.90 YTD $5,176.62. The food cost per inmate was $1.03 Prisoners housed for other Counties generated MTD $18,135.00 YTD $326,133.00.

The Dog Warden traveled 1,514 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. The Dog Warden investigated 27 complaints, impounded 5 dogs. The Dog Warden sold 18 registration tags, issued 0 citation and 7 warnings. The Dog Warden also provided 8 assists to other agencies.

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