Hiring Process

General Information

All candidates must establish that they are a United States citizens or an alien authorized to work in the United States prior to permanent appointment.

Eligibility Lists

The names of candidates who are successful in the examination process will be placed on an eligibility list in rank order based on examination scores. As vacancies occur, the top ten eligible candidates will be referred to a department for selection. A candidate who is not selected will remain on the eligible list and will be referred to other departments as vacancies occur.

Equal Opportunity

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Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We have an excellent personnel system providing for hiring and advancement on the basis of qualifications and performance without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related as defined in Section 12926(F) of the Government Code 12990), age, marital status, other non-merit factors or any other classification protected under federal, state, or local law.

The County is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our hiring process and creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  

Equal employment opportunity policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, layoff, training, discipline, and discharge.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans of the armed forces of the U.S. who have received an Honorable Discharge from active duty shall receive an additional five points added to his/her final composite test score. This preference will apply only to the first appointment to any permanent County position. A copy of a valid DD214 must be submitted on or before the final filing date in order to be eligible for Veterans Preference points.

Physical Examination

All candidates will be required to pass a County physical examination or medical questionnaire screening prior to permanent appointment.

Investigative Picture

Background Investigations

Employment in certain departments is contingent upon successfully passing a background investigation. Applicants for these positions will be required to complete and sign an authorization/release form/packet enabling such an investigation. Failure to complete, sign, and return the form/packet will exclude the applicant from further consideration for the vacancy. A polygraph test may be required as part of the background investigation.


The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) designates certain County of Lake positions as Safety Sensitive Drivers. Applicants for these positions will be required to comply with all DOT hiring requirements, including pre-employment drug and alcohol testing, before they may be appointed to the County position.