Skip to Main Content


A career with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to serve and protect your community!

Our Mission: “Service with the highest level of Integrity, Compassion, and Respect.”

Our Vision: To be the most professional, well trained department possible, and provide trustworthy, reliable service, while maintaining a family and community-oriented approach to serving our community and enforcing the law.

Our Core Values: Service, Dedication, Integrity, Perseverance, Compassion, Respect

It is our hope that all applicants have a strong belief and conviction for our Mission, Vision, and Core Values, and work hard to help us achieve them every day if given the opportunity to serve Cleburne County.  A copy of our employment application is available on this page, and can be turned in to the Sheriff’s Office during business hours, or mailed.  We hope you choose to be part of our family!

-Sheriff Chris Brown


SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – SWORN DEPUTY SHERIFF: (Arkansas Minimum Standards) Every officer employed by a law enforcement unit shall:

  • Be a citizen of the United States (proof required).
  • Be at least 21 years of age (proof required).
  • Be fingerprinted and a search initiated of state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
  • Be free of felony record. A felony record shall mean having entered a plea of guilty, been found guilty, or otherwise having been convicted of an offense, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state penitentiary. The fact that an individual has received a pardon, or their record has been expunged, sealed, sentence suspended, or judgment otherwise held in abeyance shall not release the individual from having a felony record for the purposes of this regulation.
  • Be of good character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development (GED) Test indicating high school graduation level (proof required).
  • Be examined by a licensed physician and meet prescribed physical requirements.
  • Be interviewed personally prior to employment by the department head or his representative, or representatives, to determine such things as the applicant’s motivation, appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate.
  • Be examined by an individual licensed to practice psychiatry or psychology and qualified to perform such evaluations in the State of Arkansas, who after the examination finds the officer to be competent and recommends the agency to hire the individual.
  • Possess a valid driver license (Arkansas license required by Sheriff’s Office).
  • Employees in Patrol, Jail, Court/Transports, and some other positions are regularly required to work shifts that include nights, weekends, holidays, off-hours, and are subject to being on-call. This is vital to us to be able to provide 24-hour service to Cleburne County.
  • All sworn employees wear a uniform.  Specific assignment determines which type of uniform is worn.

Sheriff’s Office Additional Requirements: Applicants will not be considered for Sheriff’s Office employment who:

  • Have plead guilty, nolo contendere, or been found or adjudicated guilty of any Domestic Battery offense involving physical injury to another person in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction.
  • Is the respondent in an Ex Parte or Permanent Order of Protection remaining in effect in Arkansas or any other jurisdiction.

**Other convictions for a minor misdemeanor offense will not necessarily disqualify the applicant, however the Interview Board and Sheriff will look closely at the circumstances surrounding any criminal arrests or convictions.

These requirements apply to all sworn full time, part time, and reserve deputy positions.


SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – NON-SWORN EMPLOYEES: Non-Sworn civilian employees, including Secretarial, Clerical, Administrative personnel and sworn employees with restricted arrest powers (such as Jailers) must normally meet all of the same requirements as sworn employees, with the following exceptions:

  • Non-sworn civilian employees and sworn employees with restricted powers must only be eighteen (18) years of age rather than twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Non-sworn civilian employees are not required to submit to psychological evaluation, while sworn employees with restricted powers (Jailers limited primarily to serving warrants in the Detention Center) are required to submit to psychological evaluation.
  • Employees in Patrol, Jail, Court/Transports, and some other positions are regularly required to work shifts that include nights, weekends, holidays, off-hours, and are subject to being on-call. This is vital to us to be able to provide 24-hour service to Cleburne County.
  • Detention Officers wear a specified uniform.


WAGES, COMPENSATION, AND BENEFITS: The governing body (Quorum Court) establishes by Ordinance the wages, compensation, and benefits received by all County employees. The Quorum Court also decides when and who is eligible for raises.  This is typically done during budget time in the fall of each year.  Currently, County employees do not receive vacation time for the first year of their employment.  At the beginning of their second year, employees receive 5 days (40 hours) of vacation time.  Employment policies that govern vacation time, sick time, holidays, and comp time are laid out in the County Employment Handbook, which is provided at the time of hiring.  It is also available at the County Clerk’s Office during business hours.

Applicants are provided information of all benefits during the interview process.


Click here to apply!

Crime Tip Hotline
Submit Via Email