The Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Line ( 828-695-6650 ) is currently experiencing a high volume of calls. Thanks in advance for your patience.
The County will be observing some facility closures in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Line will be open. Click HERE to learn more.

Job Opportunities

Career Opportunities with Catawba County Sheriff's Office

A Deputy needs to complete BLET - Basic Law Enforcement Training. It is offered as a 6-month course at most community colleges; See details below.

Detention Officers do not have to complete BLET. There is a five week long course that we pay for after we hire a detention officer.

Applications are available online at the link below only. Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED)
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Hold a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Have a background free from criminal offenses

Deputies start at $39,251.48 annually (+2.5% after a 6 month successful review)

Detention Officers start at $35,615.01 annually (+2.5% after successful completion of Jail School)

The Sheriff's Office also offers extra pay for those who are bi-lingual (pending a testing procedure and budget availability), Education Compensation (i.e. Associates, Bachelors, Masters Degree), Law Enforcement Intermediate Certificate, Advanced Certficate, as well as an Annual Performance salary increase.

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Sponsorship

When to apply
Sponsorship is provided in accordance with the local school schedules, and will be accepted no later than 30 days prior to your BLET school deadline only.

Who can apply
In order to be eligible for sponsorship to a BLET program, you must:

  • Be at least 20 years of age (must be 21 to be an Officer)
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED)
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Hold a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Be living in Catawba County
  • Have a background free from criminal offenses
  • Complete application packet with local BLET program

BLET Sponsorship Process

In order to apply for BLET sponsorship, an individual may obtain a sponsorship packet from Catawba County Sheriff’s Office by calling 828-465-8321. A letter with our recommendation will be sent to school and applicant with-in 4 to 8 weeks. Our agency will not be responsible for any cost incurred during your school.

In order to apply for the Basic Law Enforcement Training program, an individual may obtain an application packet from a local BLET program: