Talbot County Sheriff's Department



We are currently looking for experienced certified Police Officers as well as entry-level applicants.

Benefits include:

  • Starting salary for entry-level applications is $57,178. After graduating the 6-month Police Academy and completing 3 months of field training, that salary increases to $58,398. 
  • Housing assistance program – $5,000 for the first time purchase of a home in Talbot County for public safety employees.
  • Deferred compensation program with a county cash match of up to 5 percent of your salary.
  • LEOPS Retirement
  • Line of Duty death insurance policy ($250,000).
  • Vacation – 13 days per year to start.
  • Holidays -13 paid per year.
  • Personal Leave – 2 Days
  • Health Insurance – County will continue to pay 85 – 90 percent of premiums.

Please download and complete an application and submit to Investigator Tracy Kilgore at 28712 Glebe Rd. Suite 1 Easton, MD 21601.

It is the policy of Talbot County and the Sheriff’s Office not to discriminate against anyone and to afford equal employment opportunities to all applicants. To be considered for employment the applicant must be 21 years old, a United States Citizen, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid Driver’s License and have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions. 


The hiring process for Deputy Sheriff Recruit candidates is designed to help select those applicants who are most qualified. The candidate must successfully complete each step of the following in order to advance to the next stage.

Oral Interview
Polygraph & Background Investigation
Medical & Psychological Examinations

Physical Ability Test: You will be evaluated based on a standardized set of criteria. The standards are as follows:

  • Flexibility: measured by a sit and reach test. Using a box designed for this exercise, the candidate will sit down and place their feet flush on the flexibility box. The candidate will be asked to push a small wooden block forward.
  • Strength: measured by the number of push-ups performed in one Minute.
  • Muscular: endurance measured by the number of bent-leg sit-ups performed in one minute.
  • Cardiovascular: endurance measured by a 1 ½ mile run/walk.
  • Handgun Trigger Pulls: must pull trigger ten (10) times with each hand.

The candidate must achieve the following minimum score:

 MALE             SIT-UP              FLEX            Push-Ups          1 ½ MILE RUN

  20-29                    38                  16.5 in.                29                       12:51

  30-39                    35                  15.5  in.               24                       13:36

  40-49                    29                 14.3  in.               18                        14:29

  50-59                    24                  13.3  in.               13                        15:26


 20-29                   32                    19.3 in.               15                          15:26

 30-39                   25                    18.3 in.               11                          15:57 

40-49                    20                    17.3 in.               09                          16:58

 50-59                   14                    16.8 in.               08                          17:54

Selection Committee

Upon the completion of all the above-listed steps, the candidate’s employment package will be submitted to the Administrative Commander. The Administrative Commander will ensure a comprehensive review is conducted on all elements of the process. The Administrative Commander will then recommend to the Sheriff the candidate(s) most qualified for the position of Deputy Sheriff Recruit. The Sheriff will then make the final review and selection.

Police Academy:

The selected candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete an approved Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC) accredited Police Academy during their first year of employment.

Anyone interested in a career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office should contact us at (410) 822-1020 for an employment application.