Office of the Clay County Sheriff

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The Sheriff of the county serves as its chief law enforcement officer, charged with the responsibility of policing the county and keeping the peace, including the power to make arrests. A sheriff may not serve more than two consecutive terms. It is required to be a full-time position in all counties except Class X. In counties that operate county jails, the Sheriff has responsibility for administration of the jail and custody of the inmates. In addition to duties related to law enforcement, the Sheriff also serves as the Treasurer of the county and collects all taxes levied by the county. To assist the Sheriff in the performance of his/her duties, law enforcement deputies, tax deputies and legal process deputies may be employed. Correctional officers may also be hired in those counties which have a county jail. Read More

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The Clay County Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission will be accepting applications for examination for entry level Deputy Sheriff. Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for employment: 

Applications may be received by contacting the Clay County Clerk's Office (304-587- 4259). Applications may be returned by mail; however, they must be RECEIVED in the Clay County Clerk's Office by February 16, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be mailed to the Clay County Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission, c/o Clay County Clerk, P.O. Box 190, Clay, WV 25043. No Fax copies will be accepted. Applications must be accompanied by a copy of your valid Driver's License and copies of certification of any special training you may have had. If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD 214 must be attached to the application. If the application is not completed, you will not be eligible to test. Testing will be in person at the Clay County Clerk's Office at 246 Main St., Clay, WV 25043. 

Deputy Sheriff Application-Feb 16, 2023.pdf

Allen King, County Sheriff

Office of the County Sheriff

Clay County, West Virginia

Address: P.O. Box 429 Clay, West Virginia 25043
Phone: +1 (304) 587-4260
Fax: (304) 587-8366