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County Marshals hold a special law enforcement commission that allows them to perform law enforcement duties while on duty. This is a great opportunity for law enforcement professionals to let previous career experience enhance retirement earnings and/or continue a career of service.


  • Must have graduated from a certified law enforcement academy that meets or exceeds Washington State standards, and currently possess, or be able to obtain a valid Washington State Peace Officer Certificate.
  • Must have at least 2 years of recent work experience as a fully commissioned Police Officer/Trooper/Deputy Sheriff (with a break in service less of than 3 years) OR
  • Must have 4 years of continuous service and currently serving as a reserve police officer (WA State only) with qualification standards and work duties similar to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Out-of-state hires must successfully complete the WA State equivalency academy.
  • Good verbal skills and obvious experience defusing interpersonal conflicts and maintaining orderly conduct in public group situations.
  • Able to qualify with a KCSO-issued firearm at least twice a year. 
  • Able to successfully pass a written and physical exam, oral board interview, and a complete background investigation to include a polygraph exam, psychological evaluation and a medical exam.

Physical Exam

The King County Marshal Physical Ability Test is a nine event test that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Each event is designed to simulate physical job demands you may encounter as a King County Marshal. During the test you will wear a 20 pound vest to simulate the weight of work equipment. The nine events are done consecutively with no breaks in between. The events are as follows:

1. Walk .25 mile    You will walk at a brisk pace (no jogging or running allowed) or .25 miles.

2. Stair Climb    After the .25 mile walk, you will go directly to the Stepmill Machine for the Stair Climb event. You will step for 1 minute on the StepmillMachine.

3. Confined Space Crawl    After the Stair Climb Event, you will crawl on hands and knees for 25 feet, then a low crawl on knees and elbows for 25 feet.

4. Walk .25 Mile    After the Confined Space Crawl Event, you will walk at a brisk pace (no jogging or running allowed) another .25 miles.

5. Jog/Run Obstacle Run    After the .25 mile walk, you will Jog 100 yards maneuvering in zigzag pattern around cones and stepping/jumping over low hurdles.

6. CPR    After the obstacle run, you will move to the CPR Event and roll a 165 lb. dummy over once. Then, you will perform chest compressions on a mannequin for two minutes at 100 compressions a minute.

7. Walk .25 mile    After the CPR Event, you will walk at a brisk pace (no jogging or running allowed) another .25 miles.

8. Subdue and Restrain    You will finish your .25 mile walk at a cable machine for the Subdue and Restrain Event. At the Subdue and Restrain Event, you will pull out both machine cables approximately five feet out by their handles. With cables in hand, you will side-step/walk a half circle, back and forth six times. Then you will set the cables down, turn around and push the machine cables out by the handles approximately five feet and side-step/walk a half circle, back and forth six times.

9. Rescue Drag    After the Subdue and Restrain Event, you will drag a 165 pound dummy for 25 feet around a cone and 25 feet back to the starting point of the event to finish the test.  

There is an overall time limit for the test as well as maximum acceptable times for each task. Failing to perform a given task will result in failure of the test as a whole. The goal is not a speed test but rather demonstration of an overall fitness level and competence in critical tasks involving strength and agility. The test time limit and event time limits will be discussed at the testing center when you arrive to take the test.

Duty Details

The CPU is part of the Technical Services Division (TSD) and is comprised of 3 Sergeants, 36 Marshal positions and 35 noncommissioned Security Screeners. The CPU operates Monday-Friday with weekends and King County recognized holidays off between the hours of 6am and 5pm. Hours of operation vary at each of the 12 work sites. Marshal's will be assigned to the King County Courthouse (Seattle) or Maleng Justice Center (Kent) during the first year of employment (probationary period). 

Marshals work under the Sheriff’s Office General Orders Manual and the CPU SOP. Marshal's man fixed security posts and patrol on foot. Marshals make warrant arrests, take defendants into custody on court ordered remands, provide courtroom presence and respond to a variety of different calls for service. Marshals also investigate incidents and write case reports.

Marshals work 8 hour shifts (not counting overtime) with three 10 hour shifts (Monday, Wednesday or Friday furlough) available at the King County Courthouse (KCCH). Shifts generally start no earlier than 5:45am and end no later than 5:15pm.

Work locations 

Marshals serve in the following locations:

  • King County Courthouse, Seattle
  • Youth Services Center, Seattle
  • Harborview Mental Health Court, Seattle
  • Washington State Court of Appeals, Seattle
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent
  • Bellevue District Court
  • Issaquah District Court
  • Shoreline District Court
  • Burien District Court
  • Redmond District Court
  • Vashon District Court (staffed 1x/month)
  • Auburn District Court
  • Other locations as assigned 


The King County Sheriff’s Office offers competitive wages and paid training. Our excellent benefits include:

  • All uniforms and equipment are provided

  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave

  • Paid medical, dental and vision insurance for you and your dependents


All retired WA State law enforcement personnel are eligible to draw their full LEOFF II retirement benefits while working as a Marshal full time and with full King County health care benefits -- OR --  retired LEOFF II personnel can choose not to draw their retirement and instead pay into the WA State Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS).  Under state law you cannot draw from a state retirement plan and pay into another state retirement plan at the same time.  Contact the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) (  to confirm your individual retirement circumstances.  If you are a PERS I or PERS II retiree, you may be able to work a number of hours and still receive your retirement benefits, but you should check with DRS.

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