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The BEST of the best

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is a unique and dynamic place to work. Sheriff Jeff Leikauf took office with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on January 3rd, 2023. With him, he continued the legacy vision for this agency with a commitment to "build on the best." Total Enforcement, Total Care, and Total Professionalism. The quality of our employees is evident in our hiring process and maintaining professional standards. 


We hire the best, we never lower our standards, and we refuse to settle. Only those who pass our rigorous standards will wear our uniform. We also maintain a safe, honest, and productive work environment due to our high professional standards. We expect our employees to follow policies and enforce them. As a result, our working environments are healthy and professional.

Learn More

Would you like to learn more about working at EDSO? Every year, EDSO publishes an annual report detailing all of our accomplishments for the year. They have photos and statistical data that helps illustrate our agency. It is a great way to learn about us and good research for a job interview! Check out our more recent Annual Reports below:​

Brand New Facility

The 24 acre Public Safety Facility (PSF) was completed in 2019. It contains five buildings including:

  1. The Main Building - Includes most operations, gym, locker room, dispatch, and much more.

  2. The Morgue - Includes two autopsy suites and lab.

  3. The Brian Ishmael Shooting Range - 50 yards, 10-lanes all indoor.

  4. The Special Operations/Training building - Classroom, mat room, and more.

  5. The Property Warehouse/CSI Lab - Includes processing and preservation of evidence.

Employees enjoy a secured parking lot and covered parking thanks to our solar canopies. The jail, District Attorney, Police Departments, courthouses, and other resources are all within minutes of our office.

Investment in You

EDSO employees are given the opportunity to grow. We recognize the benefits of training and invest in your success. EDSO hosts on-site leadership training for every classification. EDSO also sends employees to the best trainings and we promote from within. Education is encouraged and generously incentivized. At 18,000 hours of training in 2019, we continuously provide 2-3x more training than POST requires annually.


Our employees are fully outfitted with the best gear and training to keep them safe, healthy, and fulfilled. All workstations are new, our technology is state-of-the art, and we are never left looking for supplies. At EDSO, we put people first. 

We are you

In the words of Sir Robert Peel, the police are the community, and the community is the police. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is composed of people selected from our community who have a desire to serve. Regardless of job classification, all of our employees have the same mission. If you are looking for a job you can be proud of, a job that empowers you to lead, and a job that helps support the constitution... law enforcement is the job and EDSO is the place!

A fulfilling career serving a supportive community

When picking a career, everyone wants the best for themselves and their families. Not only is our compensation great, but a career with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office also offers so many other things. Job satisfaction can be attributed to the nature of our work and the way we do business. EDSO employees receive variety in assignments, interesting cases, career development and promotion, and pride that only comes with service to others. Our employees are fulfilled and that is why our employee retention is so high.

We are empowered by a supportive community who are active participants in the law enforcement process. The citizens of El Dorado County are vested in the security of their community. They report crimes, provide statements, and appear for court.  Our citizens wave at you as you drive by and love to sit and chat with you. Our employees are more than members of law enforcement to them. They are friends, relatives, coaches, churchgoers, former students, and neighbors. Everyone seems to know everyone in El Dorado County. We nurture our relationship with our community by giving them the best service possible.

Total Professionalism through Training and by Example

We know our employees cannot be effective if they don't have the training and tools to do their job. We seek the best training and equipment. If we can't afford the best equipment we will save up and buy it later. 

Now more than ever, law enforcement is under the microscope. Even as our county grows, we are still a "small town." People recognize our employees. We expect our employees to lead by example, both on and off duty. 

Total Enforcement on Crime and Criminals

If you step over the line in El Dorado County, we are going to hold you accountable. Those who come here to victimize our community and visitors have another thing coming. That's not to say that we don't respect the spirit of the law. We use our discretion and educate where it is appropriate.

Total Care for Victims, Witnesses, and the Community

We work for you. If we can do something to help, we will do it. People often call us because they don't know who else to call. We often go far beyond our job description because it is the right thing to do. 

The Sheriff's Vision

A Modern Approach to Traditional Law Enforcement Values

From the modern point-of-view, law enforcement changes at lightspeed. Every year, hundreds of new laws are enacted and the courts continuously create new case law. We are responsible for staying ahead of these changes. 

From the traditional point-of-view, we embrace the traditional values of policing. Law enforcement needs to be part of the community. Often, those agencies with strained relationships with their community have built a wall between each other. There is no "us and them" mentality at EDSO. We are you.

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