Detention Officer

Job Title: Detention Officer
Test Date/Time:
To Be Announced
Closing Date/Time:
To Be Announced - To be eligible a completed application must be submitted to Human Resources.
Salary: See Position Description
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: To Be Determined

To Apply

    UPDATE: To complete an application please click here and follow the instructions on the application.

    All applications must be filled out on the computer. No hand-written applications will be accepted.


The Ellis County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for Detention Officer.

Detention Officer I - Salary Range: $31,637 - $39,547 Annually

Sample Core Responsibilities

  • Conducting routine searches of inmates and their property.
  • Administrative responsibilities of report writing and record keeping, which includes accessing the computer.
  • Monitoring inmates' behavior in their housing units or when being escorted or transported.
  • Maintaining security of the internal and external doors and elevators.
  • Performing life safety drills and responding in the event of an emergency situation.
  • Performing aspects of feeding, laundry exchange, recreation, religious services, visitation and other functions.
  • There is a potential exposure to communicable diseases.


  1. Be a citizen of the United States of America.
  2. At least 19 years of age at time of application.
  3. No less than Honorable Discharge if prior military.
  4. Has passed a general educational development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level; or holds a high school diploma.
  5. Have a favorable driving record and hold a valid driver license; if not licensed by the State of Texas, be able to obtain a Texas Driver License before employment.
  6. At the time of employment have 20/20 vision, either corrected or uncorrected in each eye. Uncorrected vision cannot exceed 20/100 in each eye, unless vision is corrected by the use of corrective lenses, which MUST BE WORN on duty and/or during ALL enforcement-related activities or off-duty employment. Must be free of dichromatic color blindness, night blindness and any other visual deficiencies or limitations. Persons who have had eye surgery performed on either eye will not be eligible to be hired until one year after the surgery.
  7. Have no hearing loss greater than 30-decibels (correction) in either ear. Uncorrected hearing cannot exceed a 60-decibel loss in either ear.
  8. Be of good character.
  9. Have a favorable work and school record.
  10. Must be able to successfully complete Detention Officer training and obtain state certification to retain employment.
  11. Not have a criminal record that would preclude hiring, as determined by TCLEOSE and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office standards.

If you have questions please contact Officer Aguilar via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 972-825-4915. You may also contact Edward Santos at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 972-825-4961.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your needs. For any special requests, please contact Officer Arnold Aguilar at 972-825-4915.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of genetic information in compliance with GINA, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, age, or disability in hiring, conditions, or termination of employment. Final applicants for employment with the Ellis County Sheriff's Office are subject to drug testing and thorough background screening.

Ellis County Sheriff's Office
300 S. Jackson St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165


Annual Salary Range Hourly Salary Range
Detention Officer I Detention Officer I
$31,637 - $39,547
$15.21 - $19.01


Medical Insurance Dental Insurance Paid Vacation
Paid Holidays Annual Personal Day TCDRS Retirement
Sick Leave Plan Valic Deferred Compensation

** The above may not be all inclusive and may be subject to change without notice. Other duties and requirements may apply.