The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is seeking applicants for its upcoming civil service examination.
The sheriff's office has one vacancy and is expecting another soon.
Applicants who pass the civil service written and physical exams are placed on a list that is maintained for three years. The last test was given in 2010.
The current list is "essentially exhausted," said Capt. Sean Crosier, sheriff's office spokesman. Now the sheriff's office is seeking candidates to fill the new list.
They're looking for men and women of good moral character between the ages of 18 and 45 with a high school diploma or GED. Special consideration is given to veterans and people with prior police experience.
Applicants should not have any felony convictions. Crosier said some misdemeanor convictions, like those involving domestic violence, also would preclude a person from being hired.
"It's an excellent job," Sheriff John Rutherford said. "Every day you come to work, it's something different."
Applications are available at the sheriff's office in Charleston, any detachment or at www.kanawhasheriff.us. Completed applications must be returned to the county clerk's office by 5 p.m. April 5.
Applicants will be tested April 27 at West Virginia State University. The physical examination will begin at 9 a.m. at Lakin Field.
Male and female applicants must be able to complete at least 27 push-ups in one minute, 29 sit-ups in one minute and run 1.5 miles in under 14.25 minutes.
Those who perform well on the physical exam will take a written aptitude exam at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at Wallace Hall.
Applicants who pass the two examinations then will undergo a medical and psychological evaluation as well as a rigorous background investigation. Crosier, a certified polygraph examiner for the department, said applicants also would have to take a polygraph and would be interviewed by a panel at the sheriff's office.
As positions become available and candidates are hired, they will complete the 14- to 16-week basic officer training course at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute if they are not already certified law enforcement officers.