Sheriff's Office Employment

Application for Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Detention and Reserve Division


  • Application Coversheet / Checklist
  • Authorization for Release of Personal Information (printed out and notarized, this form can be filled out when you turn the application in)
  • Application  (filled out completely and printed out)
  • F3 (filled out completely and printed out, this form can also be filled out when you turn in application)
  • Credit History-this can be from any free, online service
  • Certified Criminal Record (Clerk of Court in every county of residence in the past 10 years other than Rutherford County)
  • This Certified Criminal Record Must be Current (not over 30 days old)
  • Must have Certified Record Check from County in which the High School you attended
  • Certified Background checks must have all of your names (maiden/alias/nicknames,ETC.)
  • High School Diploma or High School Transcript    (Home School- See Sheriff's Office Administrative Asst.)
  • Two or Four year Degree Certificate if Applicable
  • Valid NC Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • BLET Certificate if Applicable
  • DD214 Form if you were in the military (Member 4 Copy)
  • Brief Handwritten Paragraph explainging why you are seeking employment with this agency must be submitted with completed application.
If you list work number, you must also list cell number or home phone number.

When listing references you must have a valid telephone number for each person.

Copies of all the above listed items must accompany the application when delivered to the Sheriff’s Office.  A Certified Criminal History report must be obtained from the Clerk of Court in each and every county the applicant has resided for the past 10 years.  A Credit History may be obtained from Equifax at 1-800-685-1111 or from on the internet. 
Copies of your license, social security card, birth certificate and high school diploma/transcript can be copied at the Sheriff’s Office when your application is submitted.
*A Notary Public is available at the Sheriff’s Office to notarize your application packet at no charge, if needed.  Please, wait to sign all documents if you use Sheriff's Office notary.

Applications will not be accepted if any of the above information and/or copies are missing.
Return application in person or mail to:
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
198 N. Washington Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

If applying for Rutherford County 911 Communications, please visit their website under employment.