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Charmaine McGuffey

Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey is a 33-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and is the highest ranking woman in the history of the Sheriff’s Office. She held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major prior to being elected Sheriff in November 2020.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is a progressive law-enforcement agency with many career advancement opportunities.

Few are called to a career in law enforcement. Fewer still can meet the rigorous standards required of a Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff. If you are ready for a challenging and fulfilling career, explore our hiring process and qualifications.

Our Divisions


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This division delivers training in accordance with the Sheriff’s policies, as well as state and federal standards, information systems, and oversees warrants, records, and identifications.

Court Services


This multi-faceted operation has diverse responsibilities, which include: court security, building security, public auction of properties, felony warrant and indictment, prisoner transportation, registration of convicted sex offenders, and more. 

Jail Services


We are responsible for the operation of all adult detention facilities in Hamilton County that are under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Office. This includes 437 uniformed Corrections Officers, Supervisors, and support service personnel.



We provide primary police service to 12 unincorporated townships within Hamilton County, and work hand-in-hand with officers on the road.

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2023 Black Family Reunion Parade

Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office had an amazing time at the Black Family Reunion Parade! This incredibly important weekend celebrating Black


Jail Services

Corrections Officers play a critical role in the custody, security, and treatment of inmates or detainees while learning and developing the interpersonal skills required to perform a range of corrections officer assignments. Working in the jail provides valuable experience, knowledge, and communication to prepare Deputies to move into various roles within the Sheriff’s Office.

Our employment process is rigorous, and we only select those few who are passionate about engaging with their community and serving those around them. Due to the significance of the sworn position, applicants must always be truthful in their application responses and during the entire certification/hiring process. Failure to be truthful during the certification/employment process may disqualify an applicant. Truthfulness and candor in this application process are important requirements for becoming a Correctional Officer.

Corrections Academy

Corrections Officers are hired into our 10-week, paid Corrections Academy, where they learn Teamwork, Inmate communication/de-escalation tactics, Teamwork, physical conditioning, defensive tactics, first aid, and laws/regulations. Students must meet the testing, attendance, and physical conditioning requirements to complete the Academy successfully. Recruits learn a sense of community and Accountability the HCSO way:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Candidate must have a High School Diplo9ma or GED equivalence
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving history
  • Candidate must be able to pass a drug screening, medical examination by a licensed physician, and a CVSA (lie detector)
  • Candidate must be 18 years of age prior to the hire date
  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or Naturalization Certified
  • Candidate must have a clean criminal record, including no felony convictions
  • Candidate must not have had a DUI conviction within the past five years and no more than two in a lifetime
  • Candidate must have an Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable

Applicants may be disqualified from consideration for certification/employment as a Correctional Officer if it is determined that the applicant:

  • Was untruthful, deliberately omitted, concealed, or falsified relevant facts during the certification/employment consideration process;
  • Been convicted of a felony;
  • Committed serious employment-related crimes;
  • Sold illegal drugs;
  • Used illegal drugs within a specific period of time; OR
  • Acquired extensive debt or evidence of extreme financial negligence


Corrections Officers work 12-hour shifts: 7 am – 7 pm or 7 pm to 7 am. There is occasionally mandatory overtime in 4-hour increments. There is also a mandatory shift that is worked once every 30 days.

Please note:  If you apply for a corrections officer position, most communication(s) from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be via email. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure your email address is current in your online profile and that you check your email, including “Spam” and “Junk” folders, to ensure you do not miss any notifications. In addition to checking your personal email account, you may also check for notifications by logging in to the online application system and utilizing your login and password.