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Civilian Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office.  The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office employs civilian staff to fulfill the roles of Dispatcher and other Administrative positions.  Non sworn staff members are the backbone of the Sheriff's Office and are critical to the success of our mission.

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Dispatcher.

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office is a modern law enforcement agency utilizing the latest in technology to effectively investigate, deter, and apprehend criminals.  Working with other city, state, and federal agencies that operate in the confines of the county, we dedicate ourselves 24/7 to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of McKenzie County.  The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office is committed to promoting individual responsibility and community commitment; we will work together to resolve problems, reduce crime, and provide a safe environment for our residents and visitors. 
To be eligible for appointment to the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office an applicant must:
  • Be of excellent moral character 
  • Obtained a High School Diploma or GED 
  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Pass background investigation 
  • Pass oral review board 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen 
  • No domestic violence convictions 
  • No felony convictions 

A resume with cover letter must be submitted with your application booklet. It is the requirement of the applicant to fully complete the application booklet before submission.  Failure to complete the necessary requirements pertaining to background investigations will disqualify the applicant from further consideration.  The application booklet and other required documents may be submitted by mail, email, or hand delivered to:

McKenzie County Human Resources
201 5th ST NW, SUITE 700
Watford City, ND 58854


McKenzie County Sheriff's Office
1201 12th ST SE, SUITE B
Watford City, ND 58854
The application process will include the following steps:
  • Application
  • Initial background
  • Oral review board (interview)
  • Completion of background questionnaire
  • Full background
  • Conditional offer of employment
  • Offer of employment 


An applicant who is a resident of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must abide by the Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines available at ND Department of Veterans Affairs and submit any documentations with an otherwise complete application. 

McKenzie County is an equal opportunity employer.

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