Looking for work? Pierce County is accepting applications for sheriff

Do you want to be Pierce County’s sheriff?

The county is now taking applications for an interim sheriff, with a starting salary of $163,557.

In October, Sheriff Paul Pastor announced he would retire with a year remaining on his four-year term.

Pastor said he plans to leave office by March 20. Someone must be appointed to the interim post by then. That person will fill out Pastor’s term, with voters deciding the next sheriff in November.

The sheriff oversees four bureaus including the jail, administrative services, patrol and criminal investigations.

Interim candidates are required to pass a background check, have a valid state driver’s license and be a resident and registered voter of Pierce County. Washington law enforcement candidates are preferred, the application says.

The Pierce County Deputy Sheriff’s Independent Guild is not backing anyone for interim sheriff, president Vance Tjossem told The News Tribune.

The union is considering asking for a change in the law that would allow for internal candidates to apply for the interim spot without requiring them to retire or resign, Tjossem said.

As of Wednesday, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said he’s only heard of three internal candidates interested in the interim position but wasn’t sure if any had yet applied. Troyer is not among them.

The News Tribune has previously reported Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson is a likely contender in the November race for sheriff.

Pastor has said he doesn’t plan to recommend anyone to replace him.

Pastor, 70, has been the longest-serving sheriff in the county’s history. He was permanently appointed to the post in 2001 and was elected to the post in 2008, when Pierce County reverted back electing sheriffs. Pastor ran unopposed in his last two terms.

The application is open until January 27.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
Josephine Peterson covers Pierce County and Puyallup for The News Tribune and The Puyallup Herald. She previously worked at The News Journal in Delaware as the crime reporter and interned at The Washington Post.