Roanoke City Sheriff's Office holds recruitment event in hopes of filling 16 deputy vacancies

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office has 16 vacant deputy positions.

To help close that gap, the office held a one day recruitment event Saturday where applicants took a written exam and completed a physical evaluation before taking part in an interview.

The current shortage of deputies is taxing everyone who works in the Sheriff’s Office.

“Really it just puts a strain on those individuals that have to work extra shifts, overtime, things like that, so what we’re doing is we’re trying to ease that tension a little bit by getting recruits through the door,” said Maj. David Bell, the Chief Deputy with the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office.

More than a dozen recruits took part in the event, but the need for deputies is even larger than that.

Anyone interested in applying can do so here.

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