Employment Opportunities

Our Mission

To provide professional, ethical law enforcement and correctional services, focusing on customer service. To support the Constitution of the United States and to enforce all laws to preserve public order, reduce crime and provide safe and secure environments in our communities.

Core Values

  • Professionalism - We shall maintain a commitment to the highest standards of personal and organizational excellence.
  • Respect - Treat all people as you would want to be treated.
  • Dedication - To the citizens we serve and to one another.
  • Excellence - We are dedicated law enforcement professionals committed to the community, sensitive to the needs and wants of our citizens, holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of excellence and achievement.
  • Equality & Diversity - We will act with fairness, restraint, and impartiality.
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Why Ottawa?

Ottawa County strives to create and maintain an employee focused work culture. Ottawa County is one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Michigan. From rural Chester Township to urban Holland Township and everything in-between, Ottawa County offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan with over 5,000 acres of County parks , Ottawa County offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. Close proximity to Grand Valley State University, Hope College, and other options for continuing education. Numerous training and advancement opportunities. Ottawa County has remained financially stable during the last several economic downturns.

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Healthcare Benefits

  • MEDICAL - Priority Health Insurance
    HDHP-No monthly cost 100% coverage after deductible
  • DENTAL - Delta Dental of Michigan
  • VISION - EyeMed Vision
  • Eligible for benefits on first day of employment

Retirement Benefits

  • MERS 401A Defined Contribution Plan (8% Match)
    100% Vested after 5 years of service
  • Optional 457 Plan with up to 20% match
  • Retiree insurance available!

Additional Employee Benefits

  • Tuition Reimbursement (Up to $5,250/year)
  • County provided workout facilities
  • Supplemental insurance policies
  • County paid laundry/dry cleaning
  • In-house talent development classes

Road Patrol

Road Patrol Deputy

  A Step
B Step
1 Year
C Step
2 Year
D Step
3 Year
E Step
5 Year
Annual $65,520 $73,804 $76,205 $78,906 $79,110
Hourly $31.50 $35.48 $36.63 $37.93 $38.34

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • MCOLES certified/certifiable
  • Valid Michigan driver's license

Advancement Opportunities

  • Detective Bureau
  • CRT Tactical Team
  • Crisis Negotiator
  • Canine Handler
  • School Resource Officer
  • WEMET Drug Team
  • Traffic Services Team
  • Dive Team
  • Community Policing Deputy
  • E-Unit (Paramedic Deputy)
  • Honor Guard
  • Drone Team

Many positions do allow for a take home patrol car!


Corrections Deputy

  Step 1
Step 2
1 Year
Step 3
2 Year
Step 4
3 Year
Step 5
4 Year
Step 6
5 Year
Step 7
6 Year
Annual $53,486 $56,161 $58,821 $61,509 $64,179 $66,846 $69,540
Hourly $25.71 $27.00 $28.27 $29.57 $30.85 $32.13 $33.43

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • Passing score on EMPCO Test
  • Completion of the Local Corrections Officer Agility Test

Advancement Opportunities

  • Court Services Deputy
  • Crisis Negotiator
  • Corrections Sergeant
  • Honor Guard
  • Drone Team

The OCSO Corrections Experience