Get rewarded for referring successful candidates to public safety jobs

At King County, we are one team. It’s one of our core values. And virtually every member of our team can now get directly involved in recruiting deputy sheriffs, corrections officers, and juvenile detention officers – and potentially be rewarded for it.

Native American Career Day

Almost every King County employee is now eligible for a $5,000 bonus if they refer a successful candidate to our organization who is hired as a corrections officer, juvenile detention officer, or deputy sheriff.

Know a friend, a cousin, or a former classmate who’s looking for a rewarding career in public safety? Send them our way. New hires are eligible for a $7,500 sign-on bonus – double that amount if they have prior experience.

Here’s how it works:

Dept. of Adult and Juvenile Detention at the 22nd Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair
  • The successful job applicant for a corrections officer, juvenile detention officer, or deputy sheriff position must provide the full name of the existing King County employee as a part of their initial job application.
  • To be eligible to receive a referral payment, an employee must be employed by the County on the day the referral payment becomes due. 
  • The referral bonus shall be paid to the referring employee’s paycheck for the pay period the referred employee successfully completes their probation period.
  • There is no limit to the number of referrals an employee can make.

Restrictions include:

  • Only one employee may refer any given applicant, and only one referral incentive shall be paid per applicant.
  • Employees may not receive a referral bonus by referring themselves as applicants.
  • Employees may not receive a referral bonus for referring another current King County employee, or someone who has been employed by King County within the past 12 months.
  • Employees who by virtue of their job or assignment are tasked with the recruitment or hiring of corrections officers, juvenile detention officers, or deputy sheriffs are not eligible to receive the referral bonus for recruitments associated with their job or assignment.

If you know a great candidate, please let them know about our rewarding career opportunities in public safety. Job openings and descriptions can be found on our careers website.