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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has a career for you! Whether you are seeking a position as a sworn deputy or one of our professional support staff positions, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office offers an excellent career. We are always looking for men and women who support and model our guiding principles: Integrity, Caring, Courage, Fairness, and Service in all that we do! Career opportunities include law enforcement, custody deputies (both entry level and lateral) and civilian positions. We offer excellent salaries and benefits, a litany of assignments, and a chance to serve the Santa Barbara community.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is led by Bill Brown, the elected Sheriff-Coroner. The Sheriff’s Office provides our communities with a wide variety of services, including law enforcement, corrections, court services, Search & Rescue, and the Coroner function. The agency employs 459 sworn officers and 169 civilian personnel.

We, the members of your Sheriff’s Office, are responsible for enforcing the laws, upholding the Constitutions, and providing custody and court services. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life through effective partnerships, protecting persons and property, while serving as role models to our community. The men and women of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office are proud to protect the people of this beautiful county.

Public Service in Paradise

Santa Barbara County provides the perfect location to work, live, and recreate.

County Government
Santa Barbara County is a service-oriented organization that functions with a workforce of approximately 4,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $900 million. County employees span 23 departments and strive to improve the lives of a diverse population of 435,000. Santa Barbara County is governed by a five-member elected Board of Supervisors, assisted by the County Executive Officer (CEO), who is appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Community and Pleasure
Santa Barbara County provides a colorful history, distinctive architecture, and the legendary Southern California lifestyle. Known world-wide for its exceptional beauty and magnificent weather, Santa Barbara County boasts crystal-clear air, stunning scenery, glistening, palm-lined beaches, and an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.

With more than 122 miles of scenic coastline, beautiful valleys, and rugged peaks cresting to 6,800 feet, Santa Barbara County spans a spectacular 2,745 square miles. The County offers a paradise-like setting for tourists, vacationers, and more than 435,000 residents.

The Pacific ocean provides an expansive playground, offering every type of water sports activity from scuba diving to sailing, parasailing, fishing, seasonal whale watching, sunset cruises, and kayaking. The nearby Santa Ynez Mountains offer hikers and bikers a number of well-marked trails that begin just a few miles from downtown Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County boasts a strong economy. Our coastal communities support significant tourism. White-collar jobs are prevalent due to the presence of the University of California at Santa Barbara, another private university, a law college and two community colleges. Vandenberg Air Force Base has traditionally had a large economic impact in the northern portion of the county and continues to be the site of frequent satellite launches. A rapidly expanding vineyard industry has emerged within Santa Barbara County, producing some of the world’s finest wines.

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