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Human Resources

Human Resources (HR) is committed to providing the citizens of DeSoto County with a diverse, competent, well trained and professional workforce. HR provides a variety of services for DeSoto County Sheriff's Office employees. Our goal is to ensure employees are managed fairly, are well trained, supported and assigned job duties to accomplish the DeSoto County Sheriff's primary goal of keeping our community safe.

Whether you are an applicant, a new employee, an existing employee, supervisor or a commander, the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office Human Resources and Training and Standards Director has helpful information to aid in broadening your professional career growth.


We realize diversity is about more than race and gender. Diversity includes everyone, encompassing our unique differences as well as what we have in common. Our Agency attracts and retains professionals of all backgrounds and experiences while also providing an inclusive environment. We work together to encourage a strong and agile workforce while helping each individual realize his or her full potential. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our applicants and employees is critical to our success as a community partner and we seek to offer employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical/ mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and military/ veteran status.

Supporting Our Veterans

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office is a strong advocate of and is committed to employing our U.S. veterans. These admired and respected men and women uphold many of the same values that are a critical part of our Agency's core values and overall culture. We are proud to offer Veterans' Preference to eligible applicants.

Community Involvement 

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office and our community partners are working hard to make this County the best place to work, live, raise a family and prosper. We cultivate an environment where bettering our community through various outreach programs with a focus on disadvantaged youth, community clean-up efforts, and being there for our veterans are fundamental. Donating our time, energy and resources to this cause is not only a part of our mission it is an honor.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting pre-applications for the following open positions:

  • Law Enforcement Deputy - Starting Salary $39,250
  • Detention Deputy - Starting Salary $39,250
  • 911 Telecommunicator -  Starting Salary $27,000

Please click the job descriptions on the left for more information.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office is a Florida Retirement System (FRS) Employer and follows the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Certification Standards.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office offers many benefits, including medical Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance,  annual leave, sick leave, retirement and much more for its employees. Please see the "At A Glance" Employees Insurance Guide located on the side bar.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is a participant of the Drug Free Work Place.

For more information please contact Janice M. Mares, Human Resources Director & Training and Standards Director at:

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266
863-993-4700 ext: 2232

Please call for an appointment once pre-applications are complete.