Huriot — Court Marshal at King County

Court Marshal

King County

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Role Details


The King County Sheriff's Office is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We are among the largest sheriff's departments in the country with a commissioned staff of more than 780. Our deputies have opportunities to serve in many different communities, including unincorporated King County, numerous city police departments, and a transit police agency, among others.

Court Marshals hold a limited law enforcement commission that allows them to perform law enforcement duties while on duty and at their worksite. This is a great opportunity for law enforcement professionals to let previous career experience enhance retirement earnings and/or continue a career of service.

Marshals serve at the following locations:

  • King County Courthouse, Seattle
  • Youth Services Center, Seattle
  • Harborview Mental Health Court, Seattle
  • Washington State Court of Appeals, Seattle
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent
  • Bellevue District Court
  • Issaquah District Court
  • Shoreline District Court
  • Burien District Court
  • Redmond District Court
  • Vashon District Court (staffed 1x/month)
  • Auburn District Court
  • Other locations as assigned.

The King County Sheriff’s Office offers competitive wages and paid training. Our excellent benefits include:
  • All uniforms and equipment are provided.
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.
  • Paid medical, dental and vision insurance for you and your dependents.

Job Duties

The Court Protective Services Unit (CPU) is part of the Technical Services Division (TSD) and is comprised of 3 Sergeants, 36 Marshal positions and 35 noncommissioned Security Screeners. The CPU operates Monday-Friday with weekends and King County recognized holidays off between the hours of 6am and 5pm. Hours of operation vary at each of the 12 work sites. Marshal's will be assigned to the King County Courthouse (Seattle) or Maleng Justice Center (Kent) during the first year of employment (probationary period).

Marshals work under the Sheriff’s Office General Orders Manual and the CPU SOP. Marshal's man fixed security posts and patrol on foot. Marshals make warrant arrests, take defendants into custody on court ordered remands, provide courtroom presence and respond to a variety of different calls for service. Marshals also investigate incidents and write case reports.

Marshals may work 8-to-10-hour shifts (not counting overtime) with varied furlough days based on worksite. Workdays are Monday through Friday. Shifts generally start no earlier than 5:45am and end no later than 5:15pm.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Must have graduated from a certified law enforcement academy that meets or exceeds Washington State standards, and currently possess, or be able to obtain a valid Washington State Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Must have at least 2 years of recent work experience as a fully commissioned Police Officer/Trooper/Deputy Sheriff (with a break in service less of than 5 years) OR
  • Must have 4 years of continuous service and currently serving as a reserve police officer (WA State only) with qualification standards and work duties similar to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Out-of-state hires must successfully complete the WA State equivalency academy.
  • Good verbal skills and obvious experience defusing interpersonal conflicts and maintaining orderly conduct in public group situations.
  • Able to qualify with a KCSO-issued firearm at least twice a year.
  • Able to successfully pass a complete background investigation to include a polygraph exam, psychological evaluation and a medical exam.

All retired WA State law enforcement personnel are eligible to draw their full LEOFF II retirement benefits while working as a Marshal full time and with full King County health care benefits -- OR -- retired LEOFF II personnel can choose not to draw their retirement and instead pay into the WA State Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS). Under state law you cannot draw from a state retirement plan and pay into another state retirement plan at the same time. Contact the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) ( to confirm your individual retirement circumstances. If you are a PERS I or PERS II retiree, you may be able to work a number of hours and still receive your retirement benefits, but you should check with DRS.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Application and testing process:
  • Click on the "Apply" link towards the top of this job announcement on the right. A complete and up to date application is required for processing.
  • Do not type "see resume".
  • Review the Sheriff's Office Automatic Disqualifying Behaviors form.
  • Answer all supplemental questions.

Preference Points - (candidates may not use more than one preference):
  • Veteran's Preference: a valid copy of your DD214 must be provided prior to or at the time of your oral board appointment to be valid. To learn more, review RCW 41.04.010
  • Foreign Language Proficiency: if you speak a foreign language and wish to receive additional consideration, please indicate this on the applicable supplemental question. You must successfully pass the pre-set requirements in an assessment before additional points are added.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

If you have any questions regarding this position and its duties, please reach out to

If you have any questions regarding the application and testing process, please reach out to Civil Service HR Analyst, Marc Alvarado, at

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

01 You must be a current US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident to apply for civil service positions with the King County Sheriff's Office. Are you now a United States citizen?
  • Yes
  • No
02 Can you read, write and speak the English language?
  • Yes
  • No
03 Did you graduate from a certified law enforcement academy? * This is required
  • Yes
  • No
04 Do you have at least 2 years of recent work experience as a full-time commissioned police officer at a state, county, or city police department (recent means within the last 5 years) OR 4 years of continuous service and currently serving as a reserve police officer with qualification standards and work duties similar to the King County Sheriff's Office? * This must be reflected in your application
  • Yes
  • No
05 The background of all King County Sheriff's Office employees and applicants are thoroughly checked. The required background investigation will review and evaluate driving records, criminal records, criminal behavior, employment histories, military records, personal and employment references, and related information. Candidates who pass the initial background investigation will be required to complete a polygraph, medical and psychological exam. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation and polygraph and psychological examination as part of the employment process?
  • Yes
  • No
06 The King County Sheriff's Office maintains a list of automatic disqualifiers for employment. This list can be accessed by clicking on this link Automatic Disqualifiers. Please review the disqualifiers and respond to the following question before proceeding. Do you certify that based on your review of the automatic disqualifiers that you are qualified for employment with the King County Sheriff's Office? Note - This information will be verified prior to scheduling an oral board interview.
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

King County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

  • Published on: Jan 14, 2023
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Job Location: Auburn, WA
  • Salary: negotiable
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