Merit Commission


  • 9:30 a.m.
  • The 3rd Thursday of each month
  • Division of Transportation (unless otherwise noted)
    600 W Winchester Road
    Libertyville, IL 60048

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Lake County Sheriff, with approval from the County Board, appoints members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission to serve 6-year terms:
  • Marion L. Watson, Chairperson
  • Leo C. McCann, Vice-Chairperson
  • Michael Miceli, Secretary
  • Kenneth Kessler, Commissioner
  • Nick Gountanis, Commissioner
  • Susan Rankin, Executive Assistant


On September 14, 1965, the Lake County Board enacted an ordinance creating the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission. The Merit Commission is a quasi-judicial administrative agency. It operates independently of both the Sheriff and the County Board, administering a system along recognized principles of public employment, promotion, and discipline, as prescribed by state statute and county ordinance.

What We Do

  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission is charged with the screening of all applicants seeking appointment to the office of Deputy Sheriff
  • Administer written examinations for promotion within the Department
  • Conduct hearings on disciplinary charges brought before the Commission
  • Other administrative duties

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission to provide professional, high quality, and effective personnel to the Sheriff’s Office. We, the members of the Commission, believe that our work has a vital impact on the quality of life in our community. By recognizing the changing and diverse needs of the community, the Commission promotes and encourages a policy of professional individual excellence. We support an organizational climate of mutual trust and respect.

Merit Commission Now Accepting Applications

Start a rewarding career as a Lake County Sheriff's Deputy. The Lake County Merit Commission is currently accepting applications to form a Certified Eligibility List for future vacancies in the Sheriff's Office. This list will be valid for two (2) years.

The general function of the position within the organization is to perform complex work related to the protection of life, persons, and property of the residents of Lake County through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Duties include, but are not limited to, responding to dispatch calls for service to involve emergency and non-emergency situations; investigating crimes, suspicious conditions and responding to complaints. The Deputy Sheriff is also responsible for arresting persons suspected of violating ordinances and statutes. A person in this position will interview offenders and victims of crimes; appear in court to testify on behalf of the County; serve warrants and summons; speak to organized groups or the general public about various law enforcement activities, and coordinate educational programs.


Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age at the time of Mandatory Orientation, a high school graduate (or GED) and possess a valid driver's license. 

No previous law enforcement experience is required. All shifts, including holidays and weekends.

Eligibility Process

Applicants must successfully complete the following: Mandatory Orientation, physical agility test, written entrance exam, oral interview, polygraph, psychological exam and background investigation.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, August 15, 2016, through Friday, September 2, 2016, at 4:00 PM. Only online applications will be accepted at There is a $25 application fee, payable online only at the time of application via the following link: After paying the application fee, complete the on-line application here.

In order to attend the Mandatory Orientation, your application must be completed and the fee has to be paid. Mandatory Orientation is set for Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Grayslake Central High School auditorium. Please bring a valid state photo ID. You will not be able to participate in the physical agility test unless you attend the Mandatory Orientation.

The physical agility test requirements are outlined at

Key Dates

Application Submissions: Monday, August 15, 2016, through Friday, September 2, 2016, at 4:00 PM

Mandatory Orientation

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Grayslake Central High School (auditorium)
400 N Lake Street
Grayslake, IL  60030
10:00 AM

Physical Agility Test

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Grayslake North High School
1925 N Route 83
Grayslake, IL  60030
10:00 AM

Written Exam

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Grayslake North High School
1925 N Route 83
Grayslake, IL  60030
1:00 PM


$30.94 hourly
If you are interested in our lateral transfer program, please see our Rules and Regulations Article VI, 6.07 (PDF) to see if you qualify. We are accepting applications.
The Merit Commission follows the Illinois State Police POWER (physical agility) test guidelines (PDF

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.